Re: [asa] Predestined Fame:

From: Stephen Matheson <smatheso@calvin.edu>
Date: Mon Jul 14 2008 - 17:18:17 EDT

And then there's the most likely conclusion: that the existence of the observed patters is not unlikely at all, because the patterns of interest represent random blips within an enormous mountain of possibilities. The blips have been carefully extracted (often after massaging the data through, say, non-random selection of a translation) from the stochastic fog and put on display, cherry-picked in the same way that images of first-century Nazarean men, found in tortillas, are displayed in the absence of the billions of tortillas that can be used as controls in a Rorschach test.

Steve Matheson
 
>>> Don Nield <d.nield@auckland.ac.nz> 07/14/08 4:51 PM >>>
There are at least four possible conclusions:
(1) divine intent, (2) chance,(3) intent by the author or editor, (4)
patterns raising from the structure of the languages that are involved.
Don

Vernon Jenkins wrote:
> A careful study of the matter appears to offer only two possible conclusions - the phenomena are there either by _divine intent_, or by a _mighty miracle of chance_.

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