Randomness Paradox

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Gemstones have an ordered crystalline structure, but one gemstone, Opal, has no crystalline structure. “Pure” Opal’s structure consists of an amorphous chaotic arrangement of globs of silica surrounded by water. Each silica molecule is the same as the other in all directions, which is considered randomness. Therefore, you’re forced to paradoxically concluded that complete disorder has more order than an ordered structure. However, in the real world “absolute purity,” does not exist and circumstances intercede to make it tainted and biased from the driving forces of outside influences. So the question is can a computer model achieve randomness when shuffling and picking Tarot cards and is every pick unbiased like the amorphous nature of pure Opal? The answer is yes and no. Let’s pull back the prophetic curtain and see what we find.

With the advent of computers, Random Number Generators (RNGs), referencing natural physical processes such as capricious photons, radioactive decay, electrical thermal noise, clock drift and atmospheric background-radio noise, work on higher levels than Pseudorandom Number Generator (PRNG) models. The PRNGs use seeds of hand-selected values in algorithms that will eventually display repeat patterns after multiple loops while increasing the chances of certain cards coming up more often than others. Interestingly, outside of generating randomization in card shuffling, Tarot card picks, I Ching yarrow stalk and coin tosses, dice throws and slot machines odds, the surprising meat and potatoes for these RNGs is in cryptography to secure data from the prying eyes of hackers, if the seed or key is secret for encryption and decryption. Once again, we return back to the seed factor. Let’s put it this way, you have three-coordinate points describing a location floating in space, but for its exact location, you need a point of origin.

It became obvious to me that allowing an RNG to shuffle the Tarot cards was the best option, but for nearly accurate randomness after the shuffle, the person must manually pick the cards from the virtual deck, which introduces another level of randomness. You then take the role of the Goddess Fortuna, who purportedly changes the position of fates on The Wheel of Fortune as it spins, and puts the randomness back into the hands of Querent. Paradoxically, the human factor involved at this point actually establishes more randomness. The odds that two humans would pick the exact same cards after RNG shuffling increases with the number of cards in the spread to almost astronomical proportions. Mathematically, the 10-card Celtic Cross spread has 4,500,000,000,000,000,000 (four and a half quintillion by US standards) possible combinations. By hand picking, I take the computer factor out of the equation and ameliorate randomness from the Querent’s mercurial choices.

The only key left is to unlock the messages through interpretation of the cards. The Tarot card handler can help this along (and some are more perceptive than others), but the true interpretation is in the hands of the Querent to customize the messages to personal events, circumstances, people, and happenings in his or her life. Some handlers may be seers, psychics, visionaries, and clairvoyants, but we cannot fathom the random and paradoxical process of your mind because the handler simply reports the combined meaning of the cards. The understanding has to come from you because you are the one to make order out of chaos or maintain order and hold chaos at bay.

The question then arises, can our subconscious manipulate the material world and the pick of the Tarot cards? Some researchers at Princeton’s Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program say it so. The experiments use Random Number Generators’ globally collective consciousness and has measured and amassed data on the influence of the human mind’s intentions with the physical world of matter. After number crunching, their research statistically discovered that it directly affects matter 1 million to 1. Is this causal determinism, an accidental random variable of entropy that seems ever present in our lives, or a flawed theory of contradiction and paradox? This Catch-22 can be considered a paradox within a paradox. At this point, Epimenides paradox comes to mind. Epimenides declared, “All Cretans are liars,” but he himself was a Cretan. Therefore, the paradox deepens. The fallacy of unprovable wraps around to a fork in the road of true or false. In this case, the proof is not in the pudding from the nebulous and ethereal nature of the study and our limits of consciousness for accuracy, precision, and reproducibility. However, gut feelings, hunches, dreams, visions, and intuition have played a major role in scientific discoveries and as well in elucidating our daily lives. If we could prove this conscious-matter connection, this write-up would be rendered superfluous. If predetermination exists, then out lives are superfluous. If I conclude that this mind-matter connectivity permeates throughout all time and space but is unprovable, am I a liar? Now if you assume both are true, can you prove I’m a lair? The problem with randomness is that you can never be sure.

The million to one finding might sound like a large number, but let’s reflect that the 10-card Celtic Cross spread that has 4,500,000,000,000,000,000 card combinations while an algorithm computer program can only spit out approximately 4-billion combinations, so in light of that, the million to one finding is significant. According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association, the odds of being attacked by a shark are 11.5 million to 1. If you compare PEAR’s finding of 1 million to 1 in light of the odds of being attacked by shark, you’re 11.5 times more likely to have the ability to interceded in the Tarot card picks than being attacked by a shark, but alarmingly, the standard odds of dying in a plane crash are 7,178 to 1. And devastatingly, if there is a connection between mind manipulation to matter, this would relegate science to a mere hobby because it throws objectivity out the door with the baby and the bathwater.

In the end, the ultimate effect of RNGs could be considered simulated-disordered randomness while the Tarot cards are the entropic driving force towards order. Changing our collective world might have to do with us changing our collective minds. This reminds me of a book I read called, “Anunnaki vs. the Cosmic Conscious Collective,” by Nye Hale, which surmises that there’s an ethereal cosmic force that connects to our minds that can manipulate the physical world through the pineal gland and universal electromagnetism. As pointed out in the book, the Latin word for Opal is opalus, which means seeing eye or seeing jewel. Perhaps the purported randomness isn’t so random anymore if we can order our minds with the message to interface with our environment. The randomness of the Opal’s structure is just as reflectively beautiful as the consciousness of the Cosmic Order of Tarot. RNG Tarot spreads are coming soon to this website!