Sean Carol is very perceptive in his notion of ‘radical contingency’. Perhaps the reason our pattern-seeking brain compels us to look for law and order in random phenomena is that we need to associate a cause to every event and it’s only through patterns that we can make sense of the causality.
This pursuit of the causal relations has been the main driving force for discovery of the laws of nature, however it has also hindered such discoveries whenever they were not contingent on having an explanation for why the laws exist in the first place.
Things Happen, Not Always for a Reason
Two stories, superficially unrelated, neatly tied together by a deep lesson at the end…