What Are the Odds?

Probabilities

The science of statistics is an area of study that focuses upon the likelihood of certain events and the frequency of certain events. It is a useful area of study, especially for such things as risk assessment or sociology. However, in terms of ratios of odds, many people are not fully appreciative of what certain odds mean.

An "Insignificant" Speck

Our Culture

We live in a culture that is obsessed with attention, fame, and significance. This becomes all the more obvious when one peruses the tabloid magazines stands, watches the entertainment sections of the nightly news, or considers the recent explosion of outlets on the internet for the sharing of personal information and self-created videos. People want to be noticed by others, sometimes at terrible cost.

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