Not being a scientist, but interested in science, I had to do some studying-up on terminology, but the term "stochastic" seems to refer to a subject of study for which the closer you get to it, the less you are able to know about it. Seems like eternity, the beginnings and endings of "time," and related concepts are things of that nature. This causes the subject matter for discussion to turn to the degree of certainty in knowing the answers, which leads in turn to questions of epistemology (how do we "know" something), and ultimately the origins of our inquiries in human psychology and motivation. Which then turns into a tertiary Ping-Pong match between which came first - the material brain and its motivations rooted in a combination of genetics and environment, or the data the brain comes to contain and the logical conclusions it is able to reach.
Would it be fair to say that stochastic questions necessarily become anthropological questions?
(By the way I found a used copy of Root-Bernstein on ebay. Looking forward to reading it).
Cool! And I just now ordered another used copy via AbeBooks. My old one, which I had bought new, when it 1st came out... is so beat up, it is falling apart! Nother good one is "Cosmic Discovery" by Martin Harwit. Tom