I have a significant background in the sciences, studying about probabilities in college, also several years teaching nuclear reactor technology in the Navy's nuclear propulsion program. Nowhere in the undergraduate or postgraduate instruction I received did I hear of any difficulties with theories about randomness. Most branches of science depend heavily upon the concept of randomness. According to randomness theory it is a 50-50 random-chance whether the coin I flip turns up heads or tails. Moreover, that can be "proved" by all sorts of experiments.
Now let the human mind and/or consciousness start to become involved in so-called random-chance events. Scientists have completed studies in this area. For example, set up an experiment in which a human subject guesses which one of five shapes is on the back of a card. The results are startling to those believing in random chance. Some people regularly and routinely far exceed the 20% success rate one would expect. Further, they are as capable even if the experiment is rearranged so that no one knows what is on the back of a given card when they take the test.
© 2008 by Thayer White
Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze
|Excerpt from Be Your Own Therapist: "The useful molehills of psychological knowledge are often obscured by the mountains of psychological claptrap now available."|