Subject: /dev/random, quantum theory and religion
From: Bernhard Fastenrath <>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004 23:42:02 +0100

Classical physics does not provide a source of randomness. The source of 
randomness of this universe can be found in quantum theory.

Let's further assume that your source of randomness does not not deliver 
well distributed randomness.

This can either hint on the existence of god (meaning an intelligence 
outside the universe and in control of randomness outside the physical 
possibilities of this universe) or it could be seen as a hint for the 
simulation argument (

Considering the earlier I would ask why is god, who's considered a very 
ethical being, manipulating our source of randomness, which might be 
seen as an unethical act?

My earlier argument (also at (*)) that god is a teacher 
and is trying to teach ethics by repeating human behaviour but obviously 
with humans always in the position of the weak, at least where human 
beings have assumed a position of power. So god could be said to reflect 
our behaviour back to us.

There is a historical precedent were humanity has changed the 
probabiilities governing the lives of living creatures: It is called 
animal breeding.

A dog is just a genetically unlikely wulf so humans changed the 
genetical probabilities governing the lives of most wulfs alive today.

So if you perceive a depletion of randomness in the world around you at
least here's a reasonable explanation why this might be the case.

I claim the depletion can be observed. The individual observed incidents 
are all insufficient to convince the sceptical reader but the amount of 
observable incidents is large. Verification is left as an exercise to 
the reader, at least for now.