Probability athiests

I just really like that phrase “probability athiests”. It refers, more or less, to people who refuse to be religious about things probabilistic. No placing wagers on favorite numbers, no buying lotteries based on mom’s birthday, no world view that sees our number line in quasi-religious terms.

It’s hard, given the quirks of human nature, to consider questions numerical in terms that are not beholden to some faith-based reasoning or other. But it’s possible, and useful, and I think it’s important that we take the extra effort to try.

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