I don’t think the mind is random at all. I think that the entire business/culture/paradigm/worldview of computer scientists and AI evangelists is missing a far deeper and more fundamental issue: the intrinsic, inherent, essential embeddedness of the human mind in the biology of the human body. The human mind is nothing more or less than a function/process/aspect/emergent phenomenon of the human brain, which evolved to serve the body in a wide variety of adaptive purposes.
The two substantive bodies of knowledge which inform my perspective are
(1) from neuroscientists, the most relevant of whom is Antonio Damasio (Self Comes To Mind details the relevant fact base and is a great read.), and
(2) from cognitive scientists, the most relevant of whom is George Lakoff (Philosophy in the Flesh: The embodied mind and its challenge to western thought develops the argument and gives plenty of compelling examples.)
Since my thinking comes from outside rather than inside (what I take to be) your frame of reference, experience has taught me not to attempt to make a specific argument. If you take the time to dip into Damasio and Lakoff and want to have a conversation about the larger issue, I’m game. – David Greene