Why is the future more chaotic than the past?

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We sometimes consider the past to be elegant, simple and beautiful. In fact, the past is much more predictable than the future. Our experiences have allowed us to digest information and create mental structures to represent the past. These mental structures can be tested by comparing their predictions of what should happen with events that occurred in the past. By testing these structures, we prune components that produce unsatisfactory predictions. What remains is a much more elegant model of the mechanism of reality.

We cannot test our existing mental models on the future

As time passes rules change since the universal absolute is a very dynamic system. Elegant models that successfully predicted events in the past to some extant cannot be reused in the present and future without giving poorly accurate predictions.

On the other hand, we cannot test mental structures about the future because events in the future have not occurred yet. All we can do is create mental structures using information from the extrapolation of past to present movement. None of these extrapolations can be tested nor adjusted until events occur in the present. We then perceive an increase of chaos and unpredictability when we compare polished mental representations of the past versus mental representations of the present and future. This increase of chaos in an illusion. Judging the past by our conceptual representation of mechanisms creates a standard that cannot be used to judge the future.

Memories are polished, pruned, reevaluated and regenerated

The fact that old memories are constantly reevaluated, sorted and restructured according to newly acquired mental structures makes them polished enough to be easy to understand. Some parts of the memories are get emphasized while some others are getting suppressed. This distortion to force memories to fit within oneself's approximated mental conceptualization of the perceived reality. This phenomenon plays an important factor on the increase of perception of orderliness in oneself's perception of the past.

Even some parts of what we believe to be factual memory of events is in fact an extrapolation based on the memory of an emotion. The extrapolation will again conform to oneself's idealized perception of reality.

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