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The Odds Must Be Crazy [15:15]
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Interview: John Allen Paulos [20:25]
– Born in Denver.
– Grew up in Wisconsin.
– Went into the Peace Corps during the war draft.
– Former regular columnist for man news outlets, ABC News, Scientific American, and others.
– Considers himself a ‘Lifelong Skeptic’ it started as early as when his parents told him about Santa Claus.
– It is amazing that people grow out of the belief in many unbelievable things, yet never grow out of many other equally unbelievable things.
– Is a fellow for the CFI.
– Has written many books which all combine math and science, or normal life from humor to the stock market.
– He enjoys doing it because mathematics is so prevalent in almost all facets of life.
– Latest book is ‘A Numerate Life‘.
– The new book is almost a autobiography in the flavor of his past works.
– A 5th grade teacher who wouldn’t see logic when it came to the math of baseball.
– Made him realize that math can show/prove things without a doubt no matter how much ‘bigger’ the other guy may be.
– The power of math showed ancient people that the Earth was round and calculated the circumference of the planet to great accuracy.
– The book mentions how bias causes many errors in biographies, auto or otherwise.
– Due to the known limitations of memory and human bias it should keep us all skeptical of any personal memoir, or life story.
– Romantic crushes run afoul of a lot of logic, and can cause blindness to new information.
– You can look at a romantic crush much like the ‘thinking fast’ as referenced in the book ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’.
– In one way he laments the fact that it is possible that he helped get George W. Bush elected.
– Quite often the best answer for any politician is to always mention that the real answer is ‘I do not know’.
– In reality every really/actually wants a ‘flip flopper’ in charge so they will use new evidence to guide them moving forward.
– You can follow him on Twitter at: @JohnAllenPaulos.
– Go to his website at: http://www.johnallenpaulos.com/
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