Doesn’t this suggest that we can predict the future or just by thinking about it effect the future? 2 – What is the meaning of the term “random” as it is used in mathematics/statistics? Physicist: It does suggest that we can predict the future. In fact, some people formulate the definition (and purpose) of science as an attempt to predict the future. That is to say, if someone tells you that the next time you roll a die you’ll get a 5, then they’re full of it.