The Improbability Principle

The Improbability Principle

Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day

Book - 2014
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"An eye-opening and engrossing look at rare moments, why they occur, and how they shape our world"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374175344
0374175349
9780374711399
Branch Call Number: 519.2 H19128I 2014
Characteristics: xii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
Jun 06, 2015

Infinitely Improbable Coincidences: The recently released Senate summary on the CIA torture report [still classified under Obama's Open Government Initiative] tells us that the CIA's Alfreda Bikowsky Silverstein, married to David Silverstein, controlled the entire 9/11 script from beginning to end - - and her husband just happens to be the nephew of Shel Silverstein of Silverstein Properties which owned the WTC towers on 9/11/01! The Carlyle Group, whose name pops up with regard to the missing Malaysian fligh MH370, was founded by Frank Carlucci [in the CIA when President Kennedy was assassinated] and David Rubenstein, the nephew of Jacob Rubenstein, who would later change his name when he became mobbed up - - to Jack Ruby, the murderer of alleged presidential assassin, Lee Oswald! [Jacob Rubenstein once worked for Rep. Richard Nixon as a private investigator for the House Committee on Un-American Activities.] The mystery woman at the RFK assassination, identified as an olive-skinned brunette speaking with an accent, was later brought forward by LA Police as Valerie Schulte, a young, fair-complected blonde student whose aunt and uncle worked at the same classified section at Lockheed as Eugene Thane Ceasar, part-time security gard at the RFK murder. Schulte's father worked at Technicolor Corp. on a classified contract with Lockheed, which at that time had a gov't contract with the CIA's MK ULTRA program. The security chief at Lockheed was VP Nixon's former Secret Service bodyguard, who would later leave Lockheed for Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign staff, after Sen. Bobby Kennedy's murder. Ruth and Michael Paine offered Lee Oswald his living space in Dallas and helped obtain a job for him at the Texas School Book Depostory: Michael was related to the Cabot and Forbes and Dudley families, and a cousin to Henry Cabot Lodge, about to be fired by President Kennedy. His wife, Ruth Paine, had a sister and brother-in-law, both career CIA. Now all of these infinitely improbable events are too well-planned to be coincidences, so in that regard I disagree with the author, although seemingly innocuous coincidences do take place, infinitely improbable ones do not!

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Ivan W. Taylor
Nov 06, 2014

This is a very readable book about how likely seeming coincidences can happen because of simple statistical laws. I especially liked that fact that it shattered many common myths and urban legends.

nobonesclean Jun 16, 2014

NOT so good. ft

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