# RE: Small probabilities

From: Alexanian, Moorad <alexanian@uncw.edu>
Date: Tue Nov 08 2005 - 09:24:09 EST

I fully agree with you with the abstract concepts used in mathematics.
However, if we want to use probability as logic when doing science, then
experiments is all that matters.

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From: Don Winterstein [mailto:dfwinterstein@msn.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2005 9:08 AM
To: asa@lists.calvin.edu; Alexanian, Moorad
Subject: Re: Small probabilities

Good point; but math is conceptual, not experimental.

Don

----- Original Message -----

From: Alexanian, Moorad <mailto:alexanian@uncw.edu>

To: Don Winterstein <mailto:dfwinterstein@msn.com> ;
asa@lists.calvin.edu ; Bill Hamilton
<mailto:williamehamiltonjr@yahoo.com>

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.

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From: asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu
[mailto:asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu] On Behalf Of Don Winterstein
Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 2:57 PM
To: asa@lists.calvin.edu; Bill Hamilton
Subject: Re: Small probabilities

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

Don

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From: Bill Hamilton
<mailto:williamehamiltonjr@yahoo.com>

To: asa@lists.calvin.edu

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

Subject: Small probabilities

I read Dembski's response to Henry Morris
(http://www.calvin.edu/archive/asa/200510/0514.html)
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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Bill Hamilton
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