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Coincidence: coincidence is not the absence of a causal explanation, but the coinciding of several events, which were caused by independent causal chains. The determination of a coincidence belongs to the description level and may express the deviation from an expectation. The property of being accidental is not inherent to events. See also determinism, indeterminism, contingency, necessity, probability.

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Coincidence/Monod: the structures of the proteins are random in the sense that it is impossible to formulate any empirical rule by which the nature of the remaining building blocks can be predicted from an exact knowledge of 199 building blocks of the protein consisting of 200 building blocks.
This is not an ignorance, but a factual description.
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I 101
Coincidence/genetic code/Monod: the genetic code which occurs in the whole nature, is arbitrary in that the transmission of information could take place just as well according to another agreement.


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Mon I
J. Monod
Zufall und Notwendigkeit Hamburg 1982


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