<ebb8eea6-f8d7-47fe-88ab-ac23f2e19...@e6g2000prf.googlegroups.com>, backspace <sawireless2...@yahoo.com> writes >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_drift >"...It contrasts with the evolutionary mechanism, natural selection, a >non-random selection process in which the tendency of alleles to >become more or less widespread in a population over time is due to the >alleles' effects on adaptive and reproductive success..." >What would a random selection process look like? Isn't there something in the Bible about drawing lots? For a contemporary example, a random data stream can be obtained from the number of decays in a sample of radioactive material. This could be used to select the winners of a lottery.
The data stream from the decays sample had no intent, it didn't produce anything with the intent of providing a lottery selection winner
When somebody selects for a ball in a bag of balls one can state that he did a "random selection" if the intent is clear that he a conscious being with a goal did a "selection at random".