Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chance: Dem Bones, a Greek Reckoning

The ancient oracle said that I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing." -Socrates

"There are two sentences inscribed upon the Delphic oracle, hugely accommodated to the usage of man's life: "Know thyself," and "Nothing too much"; and upon these all other precepts depend” -Plutarch



What if  we could predict the future?












Chance - The Series

Chance plays a large part in determining our fate.  We spend much of our lives stumbling blindly in the midst of randomness. While we are hardwired to attributing outcomes to specific events, random events often play a much greater role than clear cut causes. In this series on chance, Johquincy delves into the realm of randomness, chance and probability. This is the first article in this series.


Roll Them Bones

If you’ve got any money,
Boy walk right in
Don’t be scared cuz it ain’t no sin
Just roll them bones
Yes roll them bones
Now just roll them bones
-Big Bill Broonzy, Roll Them Bones






Astragalus



Bushcraft USA

bushcraftusa.com - Fire Bow and Animal bones

If this has been covered before forgive me. Figured I'd share a couple tips for the firebow.

While on your walks keep your eyes open for the remains of deer and elk. There is a particular bone that can be of great use. The bone is called the Talus or Astragalus bone. It fits right between the rear shin and cannon bone. Right in the ankle. It's a complicated joint, but luckily the bone is easy to identify.







 
 
Ancient Greek Numbers





This post was inspired by:

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow

With the born storyteller's command of narrative and imaginative approach, Leonard Mlodinow vividly demonstrates how our lives are profoundly informed by chance and randomness and how everything from wine ratings and corporate success to school grades and political polls are less reliable than we believe.

 By showing us the true nature of chance and revealing the psychological illusions that cause us to misjudge the world around us, Mlodinow gives us the tools we need to make more informed decisions. From the classroom to the courtroom and from financial markets to supermarkets, Mlodinow's intriguing and illuminating look at how randomness, chance, and probability affect our daily lives will intrigue, awe, and inspire.




Appendix - No Dice - Roll Them Bones





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