stochasticitySo I was sitting around today not doing anything of particular importance when I got an email from my brother urging me to listen to this broadcast from Radiolab about Stochasticity.

I listened and the show was fascinating. It will alter my thinking and future conversations I have about randomness.

I loved the comment – “If you don’t see past yourself you fall prey to superstition or magical thinking.”

from WNYC-


This hour, Radiolab examines Stochasticity, which is just a wonderfully slippery and smarty-pants word for randomness. How big a role does randomness play in our lives? Do we live in a world of magic and meaning or … is it all just chance and happenstance? To tackle this question, we look at the role chance and randomness play in sports, lottery tickets, and even the cells in our own body. Along the way, we talk to a woman suddenly consumed by a frenzied gambling addiction, two friends whose meeting seems purely providential, and some very noisy bacteria.

If you scroll down the page you’ll find you can listen to the entire show or any of the three segments – ‘A Very Lucky Wind,’ ‘Seeking Patterns,’ and ‘Random Rules.’

WNYC –Radiolab: Stochasticity (September 11, 2009).