You Are Probability
- Surfing the Matrix
- Narrated by: William L. Sturdevant
- Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 21-01-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: MSAC Philosophy Group
I then try to draw out more clearly how understanding probability can radically alter how one views life. Imagine in this moment that you have a California Lottery "scratcher" ticket and as you systematically scratch off your numbers and their adjoining prizes, you realize in the middle of class that you have won a mega jackpot of five million dollars. What would you do? I suspect that most of my students would stand up and leave the room there and then. One thing is for sure, however: It would wake them up and give them a huge and intoxicating adrenaline rush.
The winning student might later ruminate about his or her good fortune and reflect upon how lucky they were (given the astronomical odds against them - one in 2,400,000) in securing that particular ticket.
I give this illustration to my students because a winning lottery number exponentially pales in comparison to the odds against them being alive and breathing (even if they nod off a bit here and there) at this very juncture in history. But in order to appreciate the anomaly of one's existence it is necessary to get a deeper understanding of the theory of large numbers.
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By Sarah Khawaja on 01-03-16
An interesting little book. I've experienced my own thoughts and questions on some of the topics that are addressed in this book, but I could never put it into words.
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By Amazon Customer on 11-04-17
The book is all over the place and mostly talks about humans seeking patterns. I was hoping for more examples of probability. There wasn't much of a build up to the infinitesimal probability which is really of no practical use. Great its very unlikely that I was born. In reality I'm of no importance on the scale of the universe.