Not sure if this is the right forum to post this, but here goes... I have begun thinking about the principle behind randomness and now ask myself: do things ever truly occur at random? For example, if I were to ask you to pick a "random" number at this very moment there would surely be an infinite amount of factors that influenced your choice of number. Everthing from air temperature to the colors of this page may have affected how the chemicals zipped through your brain and spit out that "random" number. Perhaps I should define "random" in the context that I'm using it in. I mean any event or outcome wherein premeditation did not take place, and the outcome was not influenced by any external factors. Good enough? Some say that our thought processes are not linear, as in those of a computer where one thought must logically lead to the next. I disagree and say that we do think in a linear fashion, but most of this takes place in the subconscious (sp). With that being said, are any of our thoughts ever random? If any of the base thoughts leading to the final conclusion were altered we would get a different outcome, which means that the outcome was affected by those base thoughts and thus the thought was not random (at least by my definition). Also what about genes and mutations and such? I am currently confused out of my head in my high school biology class because we just learned that gene mutation/nondisjunction occurs at random. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? Nothing EVER "just happens", even if its forces as small as gravity acting to alter the gene. What I'm saying is that random to me implies that an event occurs regardless of what events preceded it. I'm just saying doesn't absolutely everything have a factor in it? The universe does not fall into place on it's own but is guided by what happens, so I don't see how randomness can even be considered as existing. My head hurts folks, and being that this is getting long and rather spacey, i hearby truncate the thought. Ouch. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!