On Wed, 19 Sep 2001 at 11:35:55 -0700, Hrant H Papazian
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> ...only pure randomness can create dissonance, and I feel that even
> the chirping of group of birds is not random.
Actually, most people, when presented with truly random data, see
patterns in it. You can demonstrate this very easily in a spreadsheet
program. There should be a simple function that gives uniformly
random numbers in the interval 0-1. Set up two columns for X and Y
coordinates of points in a scatter chart, then fill them up with the
random number function (in Lotus it used to be simply "@random").
Look at the chart that results. You will "see" clumps and clusters
As a rule, what looks uniformly random isn't.
Now I can't say if hearing works the same way but I wouldn't reject
the possibility: the harmonic chirping of birds may be random, the
dissonances of Ali Akbar Khan may not.
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