[extropy-chat] what is probability?

gts gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 18 22:05:40 UTC 2007

On Thu, 18 Jan 2007 12:23:17 -0500, Jef Allbright <jef at jefallbright.net>  

> gts wrote:
>> "Please tell me, Captain," says Spock as he raises his
>> eyebrow, "by what kind of illogical magic can someone obtain
>> a batting average without actually going to bat?"
> Kirk sets down his glass of Rigelian brandy and turns to his friend
> sitting stiffly at the bar. With a hint of a smile, he leans over and
> lays his arm across Spock's shoulder.
> "Spock, you old objectivist...," Kirk began.
> Spock arches his eyebrow.  "'Old', Captain?"
> "As humans, there are things that...we...just...know.  We come into the
> world knowing to reach for our mother's breast." His eyes follow the
> Andorian in the miniskirt passing behind Spock. "We know certain things
> we like..."  His eyes snap back and target his empty glass.  "and some
> things we don't."
> "Yes Captain, I am quite familiar with the tenets of evolutionary
> psychology, but I find it fascinating that you humans often act as if
> with certainty, despite lacking a proper reference class."
> "Spock, we...are...our...own reference class."  Kirk winks at Spock and
> rises to follow the Andorian, her hips swaying suggestively as she hints
> at moving toward the exit.  "For example, old friend," Spock's eyebrow
> arches yet again. "How long can an Andorian hold her breath while
> kissing? I don't know, I've never kissed one--yet--but I'd maintain that
> I have a workable prior."
> "Indeed, Captain."


Very good! :)


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