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1. Force; violence. For courageously the two kings newly fought with great random and force. (E. Hall)

2. A roving motion; course without definite direction; want of direction, rule, or method; hazard; chance; commonly used in the phrase at random, that is, without a settled point of direction; at hazard. Counsels, when they fly At random, sometimes hit most happily. (Herrick) O, many a shaft, at random sent, finds mark the archer little meant ! (Sir W. Scott)

3. Distance to which a missile is cast; range; reach; as, the random of a rifle ball.

4. (Science: chemical) The direction of a rake-vein.

Origin: OE. Randon, OF. Randon force, violence, rapidity, a randon, de randon, violently, suddenly, rapidly, prob. Of German origin; cf. G. Rand edge, border, OHG. Rant shield, edge of a shield, akin to E. Rand, n. See Rand.

going at random or by chance; done or made at hazard, or without settled direction, aim, or purpose; hazarded without previous calculation; left to chance; haphazard; as, a random guess. Some random truths he can impart. (Wordsworth) So sharp a spur to the lazy, and so strong a bridle to the random. (H.

(Science: medicine) Spencer) Random courses, stonework consisting of stones of unequal sizes fitted together, but not in courses nor always with flat beds.

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Re: holographic origin of life

... same amount of waste products plus the error factor ε, or noise, produced by various unpredictable factors. Only if the organism is a system of random chemical reactions, it will behave mechanistically and will produce reproducible results. The factor ε must follow a normal distribution as known ...

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by minasole
Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: holographic origin of life
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A question about evolution.

... feature? Not as far as we know. How does evolution work ? Evolution (defined as change over time) works via negative selection. That means that random mutations appear all the time and those that are detrimental to survival are removed from the population by negative selection (=organism does ...

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Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: A question about evolution.
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Cellular Reincarnation

... resulting in the wrong choices at the third and the fourth. In the meantime I had gained so much momentum that all further decisions were pure random. My roller coaster ride came to a sudden halt when I bumped into this non-descript individual. “Welcome to Fibrocity, for those who like to connect”, ...

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by ewartkuijk
Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cellular Reincarnation
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How Does Natural Selection Create Ordered Variation?

... timepan. Meaning that Because the survival of the creature is based entirely on the environment, and the changes in the environment are completely random, there should be no gradual up-hill evolutionary climb (mt. improbable). Becuase 'benificial' will just as likely mean going back down the hill ...

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by Doom
Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:35 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: How Does Natural Selection Create Ordered Variation?
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Re: How Does Natural Selection Create Ordered Variation?

Try this: A dynamic filter applied to a DINAMIC random input. So it'd be sort of like intersecting waves. They are just as likely to negate as to add up. The law of averages dictates that natural selection can't make any progress then, doesn't it? ...

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by Cat
Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: How Does Natural Selection Create Ordered Variation?
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