Sketch to Story #6 : Random

Is there anything random? Or are seemingly random things a product of predictable patterns. Patterns which we might not understand today?

I know the statement above reeks with a degree of ambiguity which even I am not comfortable with. Surely the selection of a single number from a lottery bowl is random. There is no premeditation in the choice of a particular plastic sphere? While that is true in the sense that the picker doesn’t know which number he or she shall pick, there is a predictability here too. While doing the act of choosing our chooser shall have predetermined a particular ball. By physical position. placement, feel, touch, or perhaps just by a simple decision of choosing the nth ball picked up. So it becomes harder to argue that a particular physical object wasn’t specifically chosen and as associated with that particular object is a lottery number, the randomness of choice of which is in question, there is no randomness. For one ball may have only one unique number and your having chosen a particular ball singles out that number.

Despite arguments like this and that by Richard Dawkins on evolution being anything but random, there are things which seem not following any pattern. If you have ever heard of or better taken part in a Rorschach test you might have come across the random and its interpretation leading to something more concrete. The Ink blot test as it is more popularly known is the interpretation of a blotch of ink on paper and through that an interpretation of your Psyche. While the original test stuck to 10 symmetrical patterns and their most frequent interpretations mapped to certain broad personality traits, psychoanalysis  from seemingly random images is not an entirely new concept.

What about the interpretation of the things one draws and makes, the patterns which spring from a period of nothingness and boredom? Ones which idle hands construct purely based on simple visual appeal, which need not be anything well defined. Here are a few which I produced while letting the majority of my brain cells devote themselves to something more audio visual. Click on each for captions and descriptions.

This article is part of a series, introduced here.

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