Paul Andinach pandinac at
Thu Dec 16 22:01:01 EST 2004

On Thu, 16 Dec 2004 minnow at wrote:

> Anita replied to Ika and somebody else but I have lost the relevant post

> > No, no, no. Turning randomness into patterns through
> > interpretation is the beginning of science. Science doesn't end
> > there, but that's where it starts.

> So isn't it that the patterns are *there* in the randomness that is
> the beginning of science?  Not turning randomness into patterns, but
> suddenly noticing a pattern of some sort in what had previously
> appeared random, and saying "gosh, that's interesting.  I wonder if
> it *always* follows that rule, or if there are exceptions?"

Yes, but non-science *also* starts with noticing (or thinking that one
has noticed) a pattern. It's what one does about it that distinguishes

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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