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"Randomness scares people. Religion is a way to explain randomness." - Fran Lebowitz

"Randomness is the true foundation of mathematics." - Gregory Chaitin

"While in theory randomness is an intrinsic property, in practice, randomness is incomplete information." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"Real randomness requires an infinite amount of information." - Tristan Perich

"Randomness works well in search sometimes better than humans." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"Expose yourself to as much randomness as possible." - Ben Casnocha

"People believe the only alternative to randomness is intelligent design." - Richard Dawkins

"When some systems are stuck in a dangerous impasse, randomness and only randomness can unlock them and set them free." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"These capacities for randomness may have been amplified into human creativity through sexual and social selection." - Geoffrey Miller

"Religion's just a well-oiled profit-driven denial of the randomness of it all." - Wally Lamb

"Everything we care about lies somewhere in the middle, where pattern and randomness interlace." - James Gleick

"Letting go of randomness is one of the hardest decisions a person can make." - Douglas Coupland

"The illusion of randomness gradually disappears as the skill in chart reading improves." - John Murphy

"There is a certain fate to the universe and a certain randomness." - Harlan Coben

"If there is no randomness in the universe, then what do we mean by chaos?" - Rupert Sheldrake

"Computers are only capable of a certain kind of randomness because computers are finite devices." - Tristan Perich

"ontingency is a thing unto itself, not the titration of determinism by randomness." - Stephen Jay Gould

"[C]ontingency is a thing unto itself, not the titration of determinism by randomness." - Stephen Jay Gould

"We understand tornadoes scientifically, but it still feels supernatural. The randomness makes it feel supernatural." - Michael Koryta

"Without the capacity to provide its own information, the mind drifts into randomness." - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

"So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness." - Sidney Poitier

"Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature." - Eric Hoffer

"There's a lot of randomness in the decisions that people make." - Daniel Kahneman

"Shouldn't atheist have an equal obligation to explain pleasure in a world of randomness. Where does pleasure come from?" - Gilbert K Chesterton

"With randomness it is very unlikely to be embarrassed, but even if you get embarrassed, you can't replicate it." - Carl Pomerance

"Fretting about a dearth of randomness seems like worrying that humanity might use up its last reserves of ignorance." - Brian Hayes

"This is the central illusion in life: that randomness is a risk, that it is a bad thing ..." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"When an investor focuses on short-term investments, he or she is observing the variability of the portfolio, not the returns - in short, being fooled by randomness." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"We choose to believe in Ma'at. We create order out of chaos, beauty out of ugly randomness. That's what Egypt is all about." - Rick Riordan

"Do me a favor." "Don't lick your seat belt?" Ash's expression was total confusion. "Huh? where did that randomness come from?" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"We talk often about being in a media-saturated society, and we are surrounded by image streams. But it's nihilistic. There's a real randomness to all of it." - Cynthia Daignault

"You get pseudo-order when you seek order; you only get a measure of order and control when you embrace randomness." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"We need myths to get by. We need story; otherwise the tremendous randomness of experience overwhelms us. Story is what penetrates." - Robert Coover

"In love, fidelity signifies this extended victory: the randomness of an encounter defeated day after day through the invention of what will endure." - Alain Badiou

"Since mechanically obtained randomness contains all kinds of possible permutations, including the most regular ones, it cannot be relied upon always to exhibit a pervasive irregularity." - Rudolf Arnheim

"The beauty of my profession [architecture] lies in its randomness and surprise. And don't think I can choose my projects. I have to build what's offered to me." - Rem Koolhaas

"The threads of circumstance that lead to tomorrow are so tenuous that all the fussing and worrying about decisions is futile compared to the pure randomness of existence." - Nick Bantock

"My work reflects a relationship to the built world that shifts between control and randomness, strangeness and beauty, comfort and fear." - David Allee

"Randomness I love. And I still love just a holler right in the middle of an ongoing narrative. Pain or joy, ecstasy." - Barry Hannah

"We could not, for example, arrive at a principle like that of entropy without introducing some additional principle, such as randomness, to this topography." - Michael Polanyi

"Chance doesn't mean meaningless randomness, but historical contingency. This happens rather than that, and that's the way that novelty, new things, come about." - John Polkinghorne

"Narcotic greens narcotic greens like reeling firmaments disclose in their appearing randomness the sweetest means that you or she or any wandering Thales might choose to be wonder-struck with at the moment when we die" - Marianne Bluger

"Knowing the importance of luck, you should be particularly suspicious when highly consistent patterns emerge from the comparison of successful and less successful firms. In the presence of randomness, regular patterns can only be mirages." - Daniel Kahneman

"The two go hand in hand like a dance: chance flirts with necessity, randomness with determinism. To be sure, it is from this interchange that novelty and creativity arise in Nature, thereby yielding unique forms and novel structures." - Eric Chaisson

"In chess, as a purely intellectual game, where randomness is excluded, - for someone to play against himself is absurd ... It is as paradoxical, as attempting to jump over his own shadow." - Stefan Zweig

"These houses had been plunked down with an alarming randomness - unevenly spaced, on crooked lines, like whoever had designed the place had said, "We'll just follow this cat, and wherever he sits down, we'll build something." - Maureen Johnson

"I think that's what scares me: the randomness of everything. That the people who could be important to you might just pass you by. Or you pass them by." - Peter Cameron

"I'm sorry for the randomness of what I wrote, Mr. Oswald. There's been a lot to absorb.' Without looking up, he says, 'Never apologize for writing your truth, Mr. Fink. There are no right or wrong answers." - Wendy Mass

"Wear your best for your execution and stand dignified. Your last recourse against randomness is how you act - if you can't control outcomes, you can control the elegance of your behaviour. You will always have the last word." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"I think the randomness by Donald Trump's governing, by tweeting, sloganeering, attacking, will create great chaos in the entire market. I think people will have difficulties in predicting the future. I think capital will recede." - Reid Hoffman

"The fact that randomness requires a physical rather than a mathematical source is noted by almost everyone who writes on the subject, and yet the oddity of this situation is not much remarked." - Brian Hayes

"Life cannot be calculated. That's the big mistake our civilization made. We never accepted that randomness is not a mistake in the equation - it is part of the equation." - Jeanette Winterson

"Order is the law of nature, the universal trend, the cosmic direction. If time is an arrow, that arrow points toward order. The future is pattern, organization, union, intensification; the past, randomness, confusion, disintegration, dissipation." - Alan Lightman

"I listen to Radio 4 and put the iPod on shuffle. I like the randomness of, say, the Stones, then something from Nina Simone, Nick Drake or Bob Dylan." - Catherine Mccormack

"I don't want to have a singular vision. I don't have that kind of discipline. I love the randomness of my life - how I have five, six, seven projects going on at one time." - Reed Krakoff

"The world of science lives fairly comfortably with paradox. We know that light is a wave, and also that light is a particle. The discoveries made in the infinitely small world of particle physics indicate randomness and chance, and I do not find it any more difficult to live with the paradox of a universe of randomness and chance and a universe of pattern and purpose than I do with light as a wave and light as a particle. Living with contradiction is nothing new to the human being." - Madeleine L'Engle

"The best poetry has its roots in the subconscious to a great degree. Youth, naivety, reliance on instinct more than learning and method, a sense of freedom and play, even trust in randomness, is necessary to the making of a poem." - May Swenson

"Once the cells in a biological machine stop working, it can never be started again. It goes into a cascade of decay, falling toward disorder and randomness. Except in the case of viruses. They can turn off and go dead. Then, if they come in contact with a living system, they switch on and multiply. (194)" - Richard Preston

"When we are in the grasp of illusion - or, for that matter, whenever we have a new idea - instead of searching for ways to prove our ideas wrong, we usually attempt to prove them correct. Psychologists call this the confirmation bias, and it presents a major impediment of our ability to break free from the misinterpretation of randomness." - Leonard Mlodinow

"Think about Isis," Jaz repeated. "And Sadie...there is a purpose. You taught us that. We choose to believe in Ma'at. We create order out of chaos, beauty and meaning out of ugly randomness. That's what Egypt is all about. That's why its name, its ren, has endured for millennia. Don't despair. Otherwise Chaos wins." - Rick Riordan

"It was our use of probability theory as logic that has enabled us to do so easily what was impossible for those who thought of probability as a physical phenomenon associated with "randomness". Quite the opposite; we have thought of probability distributions as carriers of information." - Edwin Thompson Jaynes

"What feeling feels like over time. An attempt to screw up what feeling feels like over time. Heartbreak and a high C.... The often welcome melodic lie.... The soul's undersong. The orchestration of randomness, a flirtation with the boundaries of silence and space.... a reminder that the self wants to disappear, be taken away from itself and returned." - Stephen Dunn

"The storytelling mind is allergic to uncertainty, randomness, and coincidence. It is addicted to meaning. If the storytelling mind cannot find meaningful patterns in the world, it will try to impose them. In short, the storytelling mind is a factory that churns out true stories when it can, but will manufacture lies when it can't." - Jonathan Gottschall

"Chaos theory, a more recent invention, is equally fertile ground for those with a bent for abusing sense. It is unfortunately named, for 'chaos' implies randomness. Chaos in the technical sense is not random at all. It is completely determined, but it depends hugely, in strangely hard-to-predict ways, on tiny differences in initial conditions." - Richard Dawkins

"There may be an art to conversation, and some are better at it than others, but conversation's virtue lies in randomness and possibility: people, without a plan, could speak a spontaneous, unexpected truth, because revelation rules. Telling words recur in this smart, generous conversation between Stephen Andrews and Gregg Bordowitz: patience, responsibility, feminism, ethics, cosmology, AIDS, gift, freedom, mortality." - Lynne Tillman

"The storytelling mind is allergic to uncertainty, randomness, and coincidence. It is addicted to meaning. If the storytelling mind cannot find meaningful patterns in the world, it will try to impose them. In short, the storytelling mind is a factory that churns out true stories when it can, but will manufacture lies when it ca'." - Jonathan Gottschall

"You will be educated, which means that you will be interested where others are bored, that you will notice unities where others experience randomness, and that you will intend meanings where others are just spouting words. For exactly that is supposed to be the result of becoming literate: The world becomes a thick texture of significance that you know how to "access." - Eva Brann

"I try to mimic the pattern of memory and of thinking and the randomness of life. It's like a journey. That is the main thing about the beauty of life; that you don't cram. And not only beauty, but also the fact that there is never a concrete thing in life." - Apichatpong Weerasethakul

"I feel like there's a randomness in real life that too many Hollywood movies just shave off. It feels too intentional, and life just isn't that intentional. I like popcorn movies. I like entertaining movies. But, I feel like I could do something more in the real world." - Morgan Neville

"Randomness has an incredibly powerful place in our culture. If you think about it, you can see it driving the algorithms that run our information economy, patterns that make up the traffic of our cities, and on over to the way the stars and galaxies formed." - DJ Spooky

"If you apply reason and logic to this career of mine, you're not going to get very far. You simply won't. The journey has been incredible from its beginning. So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness." - Sidney Poitier

"For what are myths if not the imposing of order on phenomena that do not possess order in themselves? And all myths, however they differ from philosophical systems and scientific theories, share this with them, that they negate the principle of randomness in the world." - Stanislaw Lem

"Talk to people no one else is talking to. Who would have thought that giving a speech at a funeral at age 12 would introduce me to a man who would introduce me to my first business contact who would introduce me to several other important people in my life. That's luck. That's randomness." - Ben Casnocha

"I still don't understand why the tag of 'action hero' follows me. My films have all these elements - romance, action and comedy. None of the fight sequences of my character is an act of randomness. There's a reason to action in my films." - Sunny Deol

"I select a very small number of things to be sceptical about, such as markets, and on these I am hypersceptic. But I want to be fooled by randomness in art. I want the ceremonial of religion; we are made for it." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"What people fear most about tragedy is its randomness - a taxi cab jumps the curb and hits a pedestrian, a gun misfires and kills a bystander. Better to have some rational cause and effect between incident and injury. And if cause and effect aren't possible, better that there at least be some reward for all the suffering." - Jeffrey Kluger

"Betting on the success of innovative technologies in the marketplace can carry all the uncertainty and risk that betting on the next card in the deck does at a blackjack table in Las Vegas. There is a factor of randomness that must be factored in, but precisely how to do so is anyone's guess." - Henry Petroski

"The storytelling mind is allergic to uncertainty, randomness, and coincidence. It is addicted to meaning. If the storytelling mind cannot find meaningful patterns in the world, it will try to impose them. In short, the storytelling mind is a factory that churns out true stories when it can, but will manufacture lies when it can't." - Jonathan Gottschall

"I think you've got to accept that certain things are in process that you can't change, that you can't overwhelm. The chaos of our cities, the randomness of our lives, the unpredictability of where you're going to be in ten years from now - all of those things are weighing on us, and yet there is a certain glimmer of control. If you act a certain way, and talk a certain way, you're going to draw certain forces to you." - Frank Gehry

"We all experience many freakish and unexpected events - you have to be open to suffering a little. The philosopher Schopenhauer talked about how out of the randomness, there is an apparent intention in the fate of an individual that can be glimpsed later on. When you are an old guy, you can look back, and maybe this rambling life has some through-line. Others can see it better sometimes. But when you glimpse it yourself, you see it more clearly than anyone." - Viggo Mortensen

"You cannot overestimate the role of intuition in fiction writing. Or the role of accident or randomness. These things are very central. This is never really admitted. You have to cover the pages. You have to have those people do things. And the things they do have to be relevant to the entire concern. The specific things they do don't much matter, you just have to have them do something that counts." - Peter Straub

"In the early days of the Internet, the word "navigation" had this ingrained in it. There really was a sensation of the cyber-flaneur, as you really would have no idea where you would end up. You would end up on pages that had nothing to do with what you wanted, experiences that were totally unanticipated. You had to connect the dots, connect the parcels of your experience. It was totally open to randomness." - Sergio Chejfec

"What if she was meant to be, or could have been, someone important in my life? I think that's what scares me: the randomness of everything. That the people who could be important to you might just pass you by. Or you pass them by. How do you know...I felt that by walking away I was abandoning [them], that I spent my entire life, day after day, abandoning people." - Peter Cameron

"Perhaps randomness is not merely an adequate description for complex causes that we cannot specify. Perhaps the world really works this way, and many events are uncaused in any conventional sense of the word. Perhaps our gut feeling that it cannot be so reflects only our hopes and prejudices, our desperate striving to make sense of a complex and confusing world, and not the ways of nature." - Stephen Jay Gould

"There were reprints of American editorials. Liberals saw it as a resurgence of social protest and decried the discrimination, poverty, and hunger that had provoked it. Conservative columnists acidly pointed out that hungry people don't steal stereo systems first and called for a crackdown in law enforcement. All of the reasoned editorials sounded hollow in light of the perverse randomness of the event. It was as if only a thin wall of electric lighting protected the great cities of the world from total barbarism." - Dan Simmons

"Looking at the doctrine of Darwinism, which undergirded my atheism for so many years, it didn't take me long to conclude that it was simply too far-fetched to be credible. I realized that if I were to embrace Darwinism and its underlying premise of naturalism, I would have to believe that: 1. Nothing produces everything 2. Non-life produces life 3. Randomness produces fine-tuning 4. Chaos produces information 5. Unconsciousness produces consciousness 6. Non-reason produces reason....The central pillars of evolutionary theory quickly rotted away when exposed to scrutiny." - Lee Strobel

"The jamaat was an almost silly mish-mash of people: Rude Dawud's pork-pie hat poking up here, a jalab-and-turban there, Jehangir's big Mohawk rising from a sea of kufis, Amazing Ayyub still with no shirt, girls scattered throughout - some in hejab, some not and Rabeya in punk-patched burqa doing her thing. But in its randomness it was gorgeous, reflecting an Islam I felt could not happen anywhere else ... If Islam was to be saved, it would be saved by the crazy ones: Jehangir and Rabeya and Fasiq and Dawud and Ayyub and even Umar." - Michael Muhammad Knight

"Looking at the doctrine of Darwinism, which undergirded my atheism for so many years, it did' take me long to conclude that it was simply too far-fetched to be credible. I realized that if I were to embrace Darwinism and its underlying premise of naturalism, I would have to believe that: 1. Nothing produces everything 2. Non-life produces life 3. Randomness produces fine-tuning 4. Chaos produces information 5. Unconsciousness produces consciousness 6. Non-reason produces reason....The central pillars of evolutionary theory quickly rotted away when exposed to scrutiny." - Lee Strobel

"The jamaat was an almost silly mish-mash of people: Rude Dawud's pork-pie hat poking up here, a jalab-and-turban there, Jehangir's big Mohawk rising from a sea of kufis, Amazing Ayyub still with no shirt, girls scattered throughout - some in hejab, some not and Rabeya in punk-patched burqa doing her thing. But in its randomness it was gorgeous, reflecting an Islam I felt could not happen anywhere else ... If Islam was to be saved, it would be saved by the crazy ones: Jehangir and Rabeya and Fasiq and Dawud and Ayyub and even Umar." - Michael Muhammad Knight

"In terms of how the music developed, it was my normal process, which I would say is really a hybrid process of sketching on bits of paper, playing the piano, playing synthesisers, using the computer, staring out of the window, finding things I'd forgotten about, happy accidents, failed plans, best intentions, equipment failures. It is a multidimensional process incorporating a lot of planning and intention and a lot of randomness. Ultimately I just follow the material where it wants to go a lot of the time." - Max Richter

"The illness has only made certain ambivalences I'd always been conscious of that much more acute. Life versus Death, the absolute randomness of one's position, privilege, and place, the lot one draws, and so on. It has made previously suspicious-seeming cliches seem more tolerable. Love may not be all you need, but it is certainly a necessity. My desire to survive has been exponentially magnified by the fact that there is someone intimately tangled up in me who would be left alone with the world." - Ben Doller



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