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Predictability is the degree to which a correct prediction or forecast of a system's state can be made either qualitatively or quantitatively.


  • Men are often praised for their sagacity, but all the foresight in the world can't tell a double-yoked egg until it is broken.
  • ... an artist should paint from the heart, and not always what people expect. Predictability often leads to the dullest work, in my opinion, and we have been bored stiff long enough I think.
  • E.A. Bucchianeri in Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
  • Life’s solution builds a forceful case for the predictability of evolutionary outcomes, not in terms of genetic details but rather their broad phenotypic manifestations. The case rests on a remarkable compilation of examples of convergent evolution, in which two or more lineages have independently evolved similar structures and functions.
  • It's weird how I am constantly surprised by the passage of time when it's literally the most predictable thing in the Universe.
  • When what we believe we’ve mastered is no longer predictable we’re not fine. The world suddenly is a very scary place. It loses its charm.

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