My point (I think), is that although there maybe a large amount of variables to consider, there are certain end results that can be predicted using models, data, mathmatics, etc. This would include the earth with it's 6.5 billion inhabitants, since the earth is a controlled environment. Now, data and statistics do not always seem to be related to equations, but consider the following analogy-------- data gathered over time is nothing more than a 2dimensional observation of a 3dimensional equation
? In other words, suppose we gather data by poll about peoples preferences over baked or fried potato chips. One would think this data would not exist until we gathered it. Or that it was influenced by peoples free will and each persons choice could not be predicted due to the massive dynamics (hah) involved. But what if the poll results already existed, determined by an equation governing peoples choices? What if the peoples choices were actually controlled by an underlying equation where even their ability to choose differently if they wanted was part of the calculation? The data that would be gathered would merely be the expression of something deeper --- an equation controlling it's foundation. In this way, we would not actually be collecting data at all like we thought we were -------- what we'd actually be doing is discovering patterns about an equation that was already working itself out! Our data collected would only be observing in simple numbers something that already existed in a more complex form.