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Archive for November, 2008

On random

I don’t think random exists. Everything happens for a reason. Even the position of where a raindrop lands is explainable. When you trow the dice, it’s possible to explain why it stopped at 3.

The notion of randomness violates the scientific method, and in reality, it does not occur anywhere in the known universe.

Think about it. Sometimes you (try) to do random things for a reason. So when I ask you to pick a random number between 1 and 10, you do that with a reason. In your mind you think about choosing the most random number you can imagine, and by doing so, making it planned. And when you must pick a random card from a deck that’s laid out wide, you don’t just pick one randomly, because you can’t. You think. You think to yourself, look to the far left and far right, the middle. And eventually you’ll pick one. But that choice isn’t random.

It’s like this with everything. Sometimes you can just see art being made up as if it was meant to be random but you can see a pattern. I call this ‘planned randomism’.

When you’re expecting a baby, you have about 50% chance it’s a boy, right? And 50% that it’s a girl. That doesn’t make it random. It’s still a boy or a girl for a reason. I’m not talking about religion or whatever when I say “it happens for a reason”. Scientists can perfectly explain why some babies are a boy and why some are a girl. And after Googling, so can I.

A scientific method requires, among other things, that any experiment proving a hypothesis must be repeatable.

Nobody has ever managed to present a repeatable experiment that supports the notion of randomness existing anywhere. Nobody has ever produced or observed any phenomenon of any type, anywhere, that has been objectively confirmed to be “random.”

Actually, the whole idea of “randomness” is nothing but an unscientific, irrational superstition.
In addition to random, I don’t believe in faith, omens, prejustices and coincidence either. (and probably a whole lot more things, which I can’t think of right now)

Improper use of language

I’m pretty sure my articles contain some grammar mistake, or a few spelling errors, even though I’m using spell check. But what I mean with improper use of language is making at the moment you start stringing words together to make meaning that doesn’t make sense. Let me start of, right away with a common phrase as example:
“Are you sure?”

If the person who asks this wants an intellectual answer, he’d almost certainly get a ‘no’ in reply. You see, when you ask me whether the train leaves at 12:15 and whether I’m sure, I can only reply something like ‘no’, ‘negative’ or ‘I am not sure’. Call me a precisian, but there are simply a lot of factors in play, how on earth can I be sure the train does actually leave at 12:15? And if you ask me if I’m ‘for sure’ attending to Friday’s after party, again, I can only say no. Again, external factors. I could be rushed over by a semitruck in half an hour or aliens may kick in my front door and kidnap me and take me to their weird freaky planet.

I know it’s a little bit far fetched but the words are designed this way. They have a meaning. Sure means ‘without doubt’.

Example:
“Chicken meat is only good for you in proper doses.”

Congrats! 10 words stringed together and no meaning to it! Because ‘proper dose’ is a relative term and it could mean anything. It ranges from zero to infinite. And that includes every ‘dose’ I can think of unless of course, there is a dimension I am unaware of.

Example:
“Your hair is perfect! But I’d only move this tuft of hair behind your ear.”

If it’s perfect, you can change nothing to improve it. For something to be perfect, it must actually be of maximum quality. Yet people use this word so often when things are flawed.

Example:
“I’m use T9 to send text messages.”
Wrong. You use T9 to type text messages, not to send them. I know what you tried to say, but you failed.

To conclude:
So yes, when you use improper language I understand what you where trying to say, but in a way you failed. My integrity forces me to give an answer in reply based on the question you asked, not what you meant to ask. Words have a meaning that is bound to them. And you don’t change that meaning only because you failed to make sense.

Now have a nice day 😉