Ever wonder how much of your life is just "luck", or randomness?
Cecil has just finished a book on randomness, so has been pondering questions like:
1) Just how much does randomness account for the story of our lives?
2) If most of what we are is a result of randomness, is that a bad or depressing thing?
3) Is it possible that what we call randomness has an exquisitely beautiful symmetry to it when seen from a level above where we are. After all, a given string of digits in the decimal expansion of pi looks completely random, but it is part of one of the most useful and precisely defined mathematical entities.
Come prepared to share a instance of randomness making a big difference in your life.
For example: One of my goals was to be a supervisor at work. After two years of being qualified nothing had happened.... it seemed I had to wait for someone to DIE to get advanced! Then we hired a gal from another team ... who had supervisory experience. Well that blew any chances of promotion out of the water If a position opened up she would be sure to get it. About six months later she and I get called into our V.P.'s office. A new development was coming down and they would be needing TWO supervisor positions. How likely is THAT? In many ways I know I owe my pay grade, in part, to being lucky.