When the world is mathematically small.
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This post is the seventeenth in a series reflecting on the meaning of life and the importance of this question. These posts should be read in the order they are published as, starting at the 6th for example, dear reader, will mean the whole thing makes no sense. Happy reading!
Statistics. This mathematical discipline is very difficult for the humble human being to understand. Our logical brains have been trying since time immemorial to find some sense of meaning in this science where there is none. In truth, statistics does have a logic of its own, but not the one which we had hoped for. What we want is an invisible force to offer us a chance to win the lottery or to protect us from the tragedy of losing a loved one but, until proven otherwise, this invisible force sadly does not exist. Even if it did, people would want to influence it in order to be able to control the outcome.
Some believe that this control can be earned, and others go off warning signs and omens, whilst the more scientifically minded among us lean towards the principle of repetition and calculation in order to achieve victory.
It all sounds a little airy fairy, but the reality is much more drab and ordinary: these situations happen and they can happen at any given moment- it is impossible to know when. And the one and only certainty about the lottery is that you have to be in it to win it. The rest is purely down to chance.
Until next time…
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Last Updated on January 8, 2022 by Coach Danny