Nothing is random

September 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This happened in a class I am taking this semester...

Its a small class of around ten or maybe twelve students. At the beginning of the class, the professor asked us to volunteer to come and write our names on the chalkboard. One by one everyone started writing the names. It was a small board so we all just tried to fit in our names randomly without even thinking about what was coming next. After we all fixed writing, the professor asked us to look closely at the board and find patterns in it. We gave different answers related to handwriting, order, space constraint, always starting to write from the left side of the board following down and then moving onto the left side. These were all very evident patterns that we noticed. 

Before I tread any further into the story, I want to point out that the class consists of just one male member and the female members are from different ethnic backgrounds. So when we had all made our attempts at contemplating the answer professor was expecting, she mentioned something that was very intriguing to me. She pointed out that the first five females who had written on the board were all American women which kind of represented that they are bold, outgoing and want to take the first step in activities. Second were us South Asian women and then followed few others and lastly was the only Asian woman. I would like to attribute my behavior to 'being humble' rather than 'not bold', especially since I am from a city with the culture of 'Pehle Aap' (literal translation 'You First')

The male member in the class stood up, took advantage of his height and wrote his name all the way on the top of the board. This was really funny in that it showed how men love to dominate women. So the professor concluded 'Nothing is Random' and in the next class we started learning about 'Random Sampling Methods'...

 


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