If a marble is randomly rolled around in a frying pan with a hole in it, we can say "the marble will roll around until it falls through the hole." We are specifying an aspect of a variable series as its temporal end point. In fact, we could predict that if we repeated the procedure ten times, we would always get the same result. The marble will fall through the hole. It is a common property of all the variable series. We could say that water leaked into a basement because "it finally found" a hole and thereby flowed to a lower level. In the case of the marble and the water, we can make predictions about nature and we can confirm those predictions. But, we accept that neither of these are asserting a sentient or reductionistic process directing the object toward a goal. We are not saying that the water had the intention in advance to move toward the hole and thereby
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