Monday, June 22, 2009


"Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the 'old one'. I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice."

What are we mere creatures to do when pondering the universe? We can see beauty in unexpected places. But is there an order, a plan? I tend to fall on the choatic side of any universe theory, but sometimes I wonder.

Lately, there seems to be a host of coincidences that suggest that the universe is messing with my mind. There could be a very reasonable explanation for all of them, but it's making me look skyward and say, "You're just messing with me, aren't you?"

To combat these notions, I say, why not go completely random; kind of like placing value in a fortune cookie (which only comes true if you eat it, by the way. Trust me, it's true.). I trust John Cage's Indeterminacy stories here. Click on the little >> button and up pops a story. Who knows if these goofy, touching and often funny Cageisms will solve any doubts.

Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies is another useful one. Click random card.

Let's try it, shall we? A random run? I swear I did this randomly.

Q:Will I get a raise??

Cage: #162 "A depressed young man came to see Hazel Dreis, the bookbinder. He said, I’ve decided to commit suicide.” She said, “I think it’s a good idea. Why don’t you do it?”

Well, that's encouraging. On to Eno.

Eno: Don't be afraid of things because they are easy to do.


Nice and great help, guys. I'm thinking that the answer to my question is a flat-out NO.

Co-inky-dinks are just that....

signs of an ordered universe. ; )


primalscreamx said...

Answer: no.

eclectic guy said...

I am so accustomed to "no," he has become a friend.

I just count on always getting a carrot, but never a steak.

primalscreamx said...

I know where you work. The carrot has just the right shape.