262-3) has an ingenious theory as to the way in which habit arises out of random movements.
The animals in cages, which gradually learn to get out, perform random movements at first, which are purely instinctive.
It occurred to me, now, as it ought to have done before, that as the table was round, it was therefore of no value as a base to aim from; so I moved off once more, and at random
among the wilderness of chairs and sofas-- wandering off into unfamiliar regions, and presently knocked a candlestick and knocked off a lamp, grabbed at the lamp and knocked off a water pitcher with a rattling crash, and thought to myself, "I've found you at last--I judged I was close upon you.
But he felt less and less hopeful with each failure, and presently began to turn off into diverging avenues at sheer random, in desperate hope of finding the one that was wanted.
So they moved on again -- aimlessly -- simply at random -- all they could do was to move, keep moving.
Then madness seemed to come upon me, and seizing my last two thousand florins, I staked them upon twelve of the first numbers--wholly by chance, and at random, and without any sort of reckoning.
The crowd followed me in a body, and cleared a place for me at the table; after which, I proceeded to stake as before--that is to say, at random and without calculating.
The other nostril being closed by a peculiar movement of the muscles about the nose, the breath is forced into the tube, and produces a soft dulcet sound which is varied by the fingers running at random
over the stops.
Besides, our action on each other, good as well as evil, is so incidental and at random
that we can seldom hear the acknowledgments of any person who would thank us for a benefit, without some shame and humiliation.
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