You’re on a road trip with your buddies and your iPod is the one churning out the tunes, when a Captain and Tenille song comes on. The guy riding shot gun shoots you a look and skips to the next song. After that one finishes, there they are again, “Do that to Me One More Time” is killing the good vibes in the car. Skip. Then, of all things, “Muskrat Love” comes on? “Dude, how much Captain and Tennille do you have on your iPod?” Turns out you only have a greatest hits album and you have something like 8 days worth of other music on that Jobsian box. Clearly the iPod can’t generate a random playlist worth a damn.
Noise, chance, whatever you want to call it. Often times people misunderstand what randomness actually is. Randomness is a sequence of things such that there is no intelligible pattern or combination. The problem is we expect that random means that things will be equally spaced out or that there will be “no coincidences.” In fact, one of the ways you know your are looking at randomness is that there will be repetition or related items in the list.
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