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Duchamp made a well-known statement about chance He states I dont think that the public is prepared to accept itmy canned chance This depending on coincidence is too difficult for them They think everything has to be done on purpose by complete deliberationin time they will come to accept chance as a possibility to produce things In fact the whole world is based on chance or at least is a definition of what happens in the world we live in and know more than any causalityif I do propose to strain a little bit the laws of physicsit is because I would like you to think them unstable to a degree Roberts p 62 Duchamp asserts that 1 the world is based on chance Poincars view of probabilistic systems 2 his mechanism along with chance can be used to produce objects precisely what Duchamp did with his Large Glass notes and readymades 3 as a consequence of accepting fixed perspective and the limited Newtonian cause equals effect explanation of causality the public is not used to the concept of chance as a means for creativity Spectators dont yet know the new broader perspective of Poincars probabilistic machines where simple cause and complex effect are unlinked but still related albeit non-linearly and finally 4 Duchamp tells us that he wants to strain laws of physics and mathematics Newtonian cause and effect to let us know that from Poincars new perspective the phenomena of nature and the laws themselves are in fact literally unstable and subject to chance As Duchamp stated his interest in pure chance of probabilistic systems was a means to combat logical reality or the fixed limited perspective of determinism DeDuve p 248 So when Duchamp says that the readymades are completely different from the Large Glass and that there is no common denominator among them13 note13html this is literally true -- for whether in natures return orbits from her initial conditions or in
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