## Topic: RE: Artificial Life

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#### RE: Artificial Life

( Posts: 4; New Posts: 4 ) [ See: ComDig 2000.21 ]

Shaun.

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### NEW RE: Artificial Life

Hi Shaun. Your comments reminded me of Hans Christian von Baeyer's discussion of randomness in his book "Information" (2003).

Von Baeyer notes that, strictly speaking, computer software cannot actually generate a purely random sequence. A purely random sequence cannot be generated by an algorithm shorter than the sequence itself, Von Baeyer explains. As a computer always uses a "random" sequence algorithm that is shorter than the sequence itself, it is thereby incapable of producing a purely random sequence. Von Baeyer refers to papers which show the existence of identifiable patterns in the apparently random computer-generated sequences.

Aside from that, my thought is that *if* a computer could generate a purely random sequence, then the numbers selected would simply be a question of probabilities for each individual digit selected. So it seems to me that if there are 10 digits to choose from, then each one has an equal probability of 1 in 10 of being selected. The fact that the computer may have chosen a "1" and not a "9" would be immaterial, since they are probabilistically equal - the two digits might look different, but there is nothing deterministic in their selection.

Of course that could only be the case if a computer were capable of generating a purely random sequence, which von Baeyer shows is not possible. So it seems to me that in fact the numbers *are* selected "deterministically" to some extent based on the patterns inherent in the formulas/algorithms applied to the number sequence generation.

### NEW RE: Artificial Life

This comment intends to encourage your prescient questions concerning our binary existence.

It does not appear there are any random numbers, nor has any computer mechanism assembly thus far determined that there is.

Probably ' random ' is yet another invented word-symbol of meaning in thought through which the more humble among us acknowledge our remaining ignorance of how the bio-binary system exists as a function of time, somewhere between such boundary conditions in thought as Is/Isn't; True/False; Good/Evil; Smart/Stupid. Moral/Immoral; Kind/Cruel, and so on ad infinitum - - - as was suggested by Chief U.S. Federal District Judge of the Federal District Court of Appeals Richard Posner in his recent books, " Economics and the Law " and " A Study In Decline ". Judge Posner suggested that such extreme attributes apply to all individuals, - - -Judges of Court, Members of the Bar and Petitioners alike.

The remarkable discovery to which your e-mail refers suggests that perhaps absolutes are real and not illusory, but that our flawed and presumptuous ( developing ) human nature cannot yet think or imagine anything excepting through a darkened glass of statistical probability between an infinite sum of two and only two extreme probabilities, none of which is random in the eral world.

It appears you are on the right track, pursuing the joy, beauty and purpose in questions of the unlimited unknown, knowing that in our binary existence that when we may understand the question more completely, the answer will be intuitively evident in the same degree of completeness.

Dave