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  • A 2002 experiment ran into a different problem: Real monkeys aren't random-number generators.

    Even With Millions Typing Away, Aping Shakespeare Ain't Easy

  • If you show them a string of heads and tails that was produced by a random-number generator, they tend to think it is rigged — it looks orderly to them, too orderly.

    Finding a Place for God

  • But on the anniversary of a famous death -- like John Kennedy's assassination or the day Lennon was shot or Good Friday -- a random-number generator picked one of the players to be a killer.

    Forgetfulness

  • Also remember that everyone who enters is entered into a random-number drawing for a cover flat.

    seanan_mcguire: Poetry contest still open!

  • The two physicists have proposed that CERN engage in a game of chance, a “card-drawing” exercise using perhaps a random-number generator, in order to discern bad luck from the future.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Whenever you blast something, it triggers the same random-number generator that's at the heart of any digital slot machine.

    Climb Into the Cockpit of Tomorrow's Slot Machine

  • It's still a thrill to turn a box and a pile of springs, wires, LEDs and computer chips into a working random-number generator, just one of 12 projects you'll do.

    Make It Yourself

  • Such concepts became even bigger news after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States, when Dean Radin and his team at the Institute of Noetic Sciences were able to measure a tremendous change in the behavior of computerized random-number generators surrounding the time immediately before and after the attack:

    9/11 WAS A PLANETARY CALL TO UNITE OR PERISH

  • Mostly he used electronic devices, such as random-number generators, but he also used a machine of the sort you see in science museums, in which balls tumble down an array of pegs and pile up in slots at the bottom, illustrating how random processes create a bell-shaped distribution.

    Unlocking Minds

  • A minority, very much out of the mainstream, think it's worth investigating, and a few claim to have experimental evidence that thoughts can influence physical objects, such as the circuitry in a random-number generator.

    Decoding 'The Secret'

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