Re: Small probabilities

From: Don Winterstein <>
Date: Tue Nov 08 2005 - 09:08:08 EST

Good point; but math is conceptual, not experimental.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Alexanian, Moorad<>
  To: Don Winterstein<> ;<> ; Bill Hamilton<>
  Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 1:28 PM
  Subject: RE: Small probabilities

  I really do not know how you would go about performing such an experiment.



  From:<> [] On Behalf Of Don Winterstein
  Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 2:57 PM
  To:<>; Bill Hamilton
  Subject: Re: Small probabilities

  The probability of picking a point is one. The probability of picking a specific point is zero.


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    From: Bill Hamilton<>


    Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2005 6:01 AM

    Subject: Small probabilities

    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?

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