Thursday, August 14, 2008

Simularity of Randomness


I recall a time years ago when I was sitting at the edge of a forest looking at a lake. My girlfriend at the time asked what I was thinking about and I told her that I was amazed by the randomness of it all.

Most random things have a great deal of order to them. Though the waves in a lake appear to be random the height and speed, the sound and the color are all pretty uniform. Though the trees seem randomly scattered around, the size of the trees, their height and color is pretty uniform. Those writing tablets that you used in grade school with the black and white patterned cover looked totally random in shape, but the size, number and the shade were always uniform.

I've been to timber tree farms before where the trees were planted in rows like corn or like orchard trees. Though some of the randomness was removed each tree had a randomness of their own. One could tell they were random in their form though not in the placement in the earth.

Though the patterns of the clouds and the stars are random they are ultimately identifiable because of their likeness. Our brains nicely make sense of randomness. We turn random trees into forests. We turn random stars into constellations. We turn random galaxies into the Universe. We turn random numbers into lottery prizes.

10 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

And we either try to turn the randomness of life itself into some kind of sense - or we go with it!

5:16 AM  
Blogger weese said...

we are little control freaks now aren't we

9:22 AM  
Blogger richpix said...

aardvark obfuscatory disingenuous marble sesquicentennial

(random words)

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guy stumbled into a west coast grow op again ehhh?. Couldn't resist huh?? Naturally high...yeahhhh...righhhhhhht...

Moose

12:42 PM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

That was some good shit you were smokin', huh?

1:01 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Beth, it's odd seeing something that is normally random suddenly lined up in rows. kind of freaky.

Weese, remember crab grass is random.

Rich, all without random spelling.

Moose and Lori, it isn't a random act to turn these articles into pot references. And yes, it was the good stuff back then ; )

3:52 PM  
Anonymous g said...

Today I visited all of my favorite blogs randomly. Except yours which gave me the idea.

It's nice to take a break from my structured life.

I really am tortured today.

7:06 PM  
Blogger weese said...

omg. you're right!
i am all freaked out now.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Rand Launer said...

Fractals.

A grain of sand.
A pile of sand.
A rock.
A boulder.
A mountain.

A pine needle.
A twig.
A branch.
A tree.
A forest.

A cold breath.
A swirl of fog.
A cumulus cloud.

Order in random.

Great blog.

12:21 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Thanks, Rand. I see you've got the letter "A" all lined up ; )

3:12 PM  

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