Luck

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by bnwchbammer, Jun 24, 2010.

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Do you believe in luck?

  1. Absolutely

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  2. I believe in it for fun

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  3. Luck is merely the illusion of probability taking a turn for the better or worse. (No I don't believ

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  1. bnwchbammer
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    bnwchbammer GBAtemp Fan

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    Man, I'm all into polls today.
    Anyway, this one is about luck.
    No real reason why I picked it, I just figured it'd be a fun thing to discuss.
    So discuss!

    Also, if you've got any lucky charms name them!
    I've got a pair of lucky underwear,
    A lucky T-Shirt that I wear to tests and such,
    A lucky 2 dollar bill,
    And a lucky key that unlocks those fake handcuffs.
    But I don't really believe in luck, just for the fun of it.
     
  2. anaxs

    anaxs got milk, got candy

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    your moms jeans pocket
    yup, nope and yup
     
  3. DeltaBurnt

    DeltaBurnt I'm bored

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    Where intellect matters
    It's one of those things where you just say "Damn I lost all my money gambling, I must have bad luck".

    There aren't too many people who say "Luck isn't real you're all retards", it's just something everyone says even if a lot of us think/know it's not real. Kind of like how some people pray even if they're not religious (meh, bad example).
     
  4. BoxShot

    BoxShot Chiyo-chan :3

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    Same.

    My luck sucks though. [​IMG]
     
  5. denieru7

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    Well, although I have bad "luck" a lot of the time, I strictly believe in mathematics. That is, probability is the key factor in deciding "luck". However, this is only to an extent.

    Einstein once famously said that “I am convinced that He [God] does not play dice”. This was a frustrated response to the fundamentally probabilistic nature of physics.

    Let's take an example of a Carbon isotopes' half life. C-11 has a half life of two minutes; what that means is that in two minutes, half of the C-11 atoms in a sample group will decay; in the next two minutes, you'll be left with a quarter of the amount you started out with. The problem arises when you have one C-11 atom left. What then? We know that atoms are the smallest, most fundamental building blocks of matter. There's no such thing as half an atom.

    The best we can do is to say that in 2 minutes, it has a 50% chance of decaying. In 4 minutes, there's a 25% chance that it will decay. It has 1 in a billion chance of being around an hour from now. There is just simply no way of knowing.
     
  6. FAST6191

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    Physics/manifestation of probability here.

    @denieru7 you appear to grasp the concept/mechanism of radioactive decay but misinterpret the meaning/limits of the model- in your example though surely it just decays (if it does "choose" to decay) into the resulting products of decay of your chosen isotope (Boron 11 if memory serves). Also to an extent radioactivity is a mathematical model much like entropy and can fall over at the extremes (see unified theory/model of physics).

    Also quarks- usually considered to be smaller than atoms and their compoents and you can get lower than that although that is where the debates usually start.
     
  7. Kwartel

    Kwartel The fairest in all the land

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    Karma is not supernatural. When you help people they will help you when your in the shitz. That's human nature.
     
  8. Infinite Zero

    Infinite Zero Almost!

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    I dont believe in luck
     
  9. gameboy13

    gameboy13 Orange and fluffy since 1995.

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    No, I don't believe in luck. I sort of believe in karma because if you treat someone nice, it is very likely for them to treat you nice back.
     
  10. Overlord Nadrian

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    Good luck. Bad luck. Does it even matter? Whatever happens, you go on with your life. Simple as that.
     
  11. The Pi

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    Luck doesn't exist probability is all that does

    karma doesn't exist either but it has similarities to newtons third law of motion
     
  12. bnwchbammer
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    Karma is more of the supernatural ability of things to even itself out. Sure if you do something you expect something back from someone, but obviously it's just a coincidence if it's from a third party. (So I'm agreeing with you)
     
  13. EpicJungle

    EpicJungle stop browbeating me can't you see i'm sexy

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    I believe in it for fun, like if someone comes into my room
    while im playing a game, and suddenly I lose...
    I'd say, "WTF YOU'RE MY BAD LUCK!!"
     
  14. TwinRetro

    TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

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    I believe in getting lucky with your mom tonight....

    sorry, that was fucked up.
     
  15. monkat

    monkat I'd like to see you TRY to ban me. (Should I try?.

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    Luck = the rate of things happening in your favor (probability influences luck)