radom vs order

Our world is a complex mixture of Random vs Order.

At individual level, our birth depends on two random people until they meet.

At a global scale, human behavior has an order. We divide ourselves into different countries, cultures, languages and religions.

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According to science, our universe started with a Big Bang billions of years ago. Sounds like a random event to me.

Many religions believe we live in an ordered world created by a deity.

Physics has it's version of Random vs Order.

At a small scale, quantum physics, there is a high degree of random behavior. It's call Uncertainty Principal.

Order can be found in Newton's law of universal gravitation.

Random means there too many variables in an event over time to make an exact prediction of the outcome.

My favorite example is the speed of light, that Physics considers a constant.

In measuring the speed of light to say the 100th decimal point you will see constant variations.

These are caused by difference in measuring techniques and infinitesimally small difference in gravitational pull or other forces.

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Chaos theory is a scientific theory describing erratic behavior in certain nonlinear dynamical systems. Since final result in a chaotic event can not be predicted, I would consider chaos a random event.

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Second Law of Thermodynamics says: "In all energy exchanges, if no energy enters or leaves the system, the potential energy of the state will always be less than that of the initial state." This is commonly referred to as Entropy.

You could say the system moves from Order to Randomness.

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Biology says evolution depends on random mutations in genetic material.

Sometimes this results in small changes in physical characteristics.

These changes allow a species to adapt to the environment and evolve.

These are my beginning thoughts on Random vs Order. All comments are welcome.

Life and science are both Random and Ordered.

Written By: Dennis Wilmeth
Published: 7/15/17
Revised: 7/28/18
Email: wilmeth@verizon.net

     

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