by Gord Hotchkiss
Probability is a consistent master. In many, many things, given a big enough population, you'll find a bell curve rising from the center, showing how closely we adhere to the norm. As much as we think we're unique and distinctive, when you start to look at why we do things, more often than not we find ourselves bound by what I call human hardware and operating system issues. These are products of how we've evolved as a species, our physical shells, the mechanisms of our brain (all hardware constraints) or how our society has conditioned us to act in a given circumstance (operating system constraints).