clinamen


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clinamen

(klɪˈneɪˈmən)
n
a bias or inclination
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This foreclosure of ascent, and of lyric clinamen, is typical.
Eric Langley's application of Lucretian philosophy to the play likewise suggests that the play affirms individual identity as produced by the clinamen or "swerve" of original deviation; "The Path to Which Wild Error Leads: A Lucretian Comedy of Errors," Textual Practice 28.2 (2014): 161-87.
Yet contemporary ideas about chance have three ancient roots: the games of chance played by soldiers and other commoners, Epicurus's clinamen or spontaneus deviation from the straight path, and Spinoza's distinction between natura naturans and natura naturata.
Running parallel to physical reality, however, is the consciousness of the observer, which acts as a clinamen introducing a random classical outcome to an otherwise deterministic quantum process.
"The Effect of the Atomist Clinamen in the Constitution of Borges's 'Library of Babel'" Variaciones Borges 23 (2007): 129-47.
Inside the dome is Celeste Boursier-Mougenot's clinamen v4, 2017--a pool of water filled with white bowls that bump into one another, producing a sound that the distinctive architecture amplifies.