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If something is totally up to chance, is the result then not useless?

Asked by OliverYoung (382points) May 15th, 2010

As the title states; do you think that if something is completely up to chance, that the result then is void and null?

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LuckyGuy's avatar

No. There are mathematical models that rely upon chance to derive the solution The Monte Carlo method is used to solve all sorts of problems too complex to derive. It is used in finance to evaluate the robustness of your portfolio. It can be used to stress test a building structure or even figure out the area of a complex shape.

marinelife's avatar

No, of course not. Chance has a lot to do with the outcome of a lot of things in life. What if you met your love based on a chance encounter? Would you rule that meaningless?

OliverYoung's avatar

@marinelife I do see your point. However, that actually just deepens my concern. I do agree, chance and circumstances are along with rhythm/timing and luck some of the things that do shape your life. This question however is something I’ve raised in my mind, and one I refuse to see as answered till I’ve given this a lot of thought, though, yea, I do by all means agree.
Mostly anyway.

partyparty's avatar

If my dad hadn’t set off for work fifteen minutes later than usual, then he would not have been killed by a speeding driver.
It was quite by chance he left home later, and I most certainly wouldn’t agree that his death was meaningless.

partyparty's avatar

@Draconess25 Thanks so very much :-)

OliverYoung's avatar

@partyparty I am so very sorry to hear that. It saddens me greatly. However, I think I might be explaining my question in a wrong way, so I’ll return when I can properly express it.

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