Re: Small probabilities

From: Don Nield <>
Date: Sun Nov 06 2005 - 16:42:48 EST

The apparent paradox arises since a point has infinitely small length.
The paradox is resolved by considerning a arbitrary small but finite
interval in the neighborhood of the point, and talking about a
probablity for that interval.

Bill Hamilton wrote:

>I read Dembski's response to Henry Morris
>and noted that it raised an old issue I've harped on before: that you can
>specify a probability below which chance is eliminated. There is a
>counterexample given (among other places) in Davenport and Root's book "Random
>Signals and Noise" (McGraw Hill, probably sometime in the early 60's) that goes
>like this:
>Draw a line 1 inch long. Randomly pick a single point on that line. The
>probability of picking any point on the line is identically zero. Yet a point
>is picked. Am I missing something?
>I will probably unsubscribe this evening, because I don't really have time
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>Bill Hamilton
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