Posing that an improbable event is a chaotic one- that when something happens that probably should happen it is at least in a certain sense orderly, and, when something happens that is very improbable, it is an “accident” as Aristotle would put it.

Now, take an event A that repeats itself over and over. If there is any chance that something else could happen besides event A, the probability that event A would repeat itself over and over would get rather small rather quickly, making a large number of repetitions a chaotic event. But a repeatable event is the very definition of order, the fundament of any scientific theory or law. Even probability itself follows rules, if these rules have any exceptions at all (including the rules about exceptions), using them repeatedly over and over again to measure everything is actually a chaotic way to behave- particularly if you happen to believe that the vast majority of things are unknown- making any known laws very likely to have a lot of unknown exceptions.

A person who really believes probability is the sort of person that thinks he knows most everything, or most everything “is known,” and the possibilities can be counted out and calculated.

Education that involves a lot of repetition actually creates instability, since in a long view of the life of an ‘educated’ person, it is very likely he will reject everything he was made to repeat as fact.

Culture that is not in some sense like a wild beast, will not restrain its people.

Control, following a ruler (whether it is a yard stick or otherwise), comes at a price- that (technically before the control is exerted and over a very long view) the ruled will rebel. But how often?

Belief in rules, in the sense of rules carrying on indefinitely—be it the rule for calculating square-root of two or otherwise, is belief in chaos.

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