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Subject: Is anything in Nature truly random and without cause?

Date: Mon Jul 13 11:47:08 1998
Posted by Lee Norris
Grade level: grad (non-science)
School: No school entered.
City: Cambridge State/Province: MA
Country: USA
Area of science: Physics
ID: 900348428.Ph

Radioactive decay has been described as a random phenomenon which may 
be characterized statistically. Is this phenomenon truly random 
(outside the traditional laws of cause and effect) or is it simply 
described as random for now because the precise causes are as yet 
unknown? Is anything known to be truly random and without cause? 
Please explain.

Re: Is anything in Nature truly random and without cause?

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