On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 06:03:03AM -0500, Roger Clough wrote:
> 1) In his classic work on evolution, Chance and Necessity,
> Jacques Monod describes this natural process as consisting
> of a combination of chance mutations (contingency), which are blind
> but free, and necessity, which knows what it is doing but can
> do no other.
> If that is a basis for modellin the mind or the world, I would 
> think that comp should also contain these two elements:
> Platonia= necessity and lawful
> Contingia= probabilistic but blind. 

Add heritability, and you have evolution!

> But to my knowledge, although there are very good algorithms for simulating
> randomness, there is no such thing as a means of generating pure randomness
> with a computer program. 

Take a look at HAVEGE. It's perfectly possible to generate true
randomness, if by computer you mean the sorts of machine we use to
exchange emails. BTW, HAVAGE's algorithm is baked into the Linux kernel!


Prof Russell Standish                  Phone 0425 253119 (mobile)
Principal, High Performance Coders
Visiting Professor of Mathematics      hpco...@hpcoders.com.au
University of New South Wales          http://www.hpcoders.com.au

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