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Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.
William Osler
Art
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Science
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Medicine
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
Abraham Lincoln
Deter
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Struggle
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Support
On the relationship side, if you teach people to respond actively and constructively when someone they care about has a victory, it increases love and friendship and decreases the probability of depression.
Martin Seligman
Love
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Friendship
,
Care
Psychology helps to measure the probability that an aim is attainable.
Edward Thorndike
Aim
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Measure
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Helps
We think that life develops spontaneously on Earth, so it must be possible for life to develop on suitable planets elsewhere in the universe. But we don't know the probability that a planet develops life.
Stephen Hawking
Life
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Possible
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Earth
The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.
Hannah Arendt
Against
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Happens
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Laws
The consequences of an act affect the probability of its occurring again.
B. F. Skinner
Again
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Act
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Affect
There may be aliens in our Milky Way galaxy, and there are billions of other galaxies. The probability is almost certain that there is life somewhere in space.
Buzz Aldrin
Life
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Almost
,
Certain
The probability of apocalypse soon cannot be realistically estimated, but it is surely too high for any sane person to contemplate with equanimity.
Noam Chomsky
Cannot
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High
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Soon
From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
Tom Stoppard
Truth
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Facts
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Principles
A scientist worthy of a lab coat should be able to make original discoveries while wearing a clown suit, or give a lecture in a high squeaky voice from inhaling helium. It is written nowhere in the math of probability theory that one may have no fun.
Eliezer Yudkowsky
Fun
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High
,
Voice
Probability is expectation founded upon partial knowledge. A perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting the occurrence of an event would change expectation into certainty, and leave nether room nor demand for a theory of probabilities.
George Boole
Change
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Knowledge
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Perfect
The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.
Alan Greenspan
Money
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United
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Pay
We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Push
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Increased
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Russians
Failure saves lives. In the airline industry, every time a plane crashes the probability of the next crash is lowered by that. The Titanic saved lives because we're building bigger and bigger ships. So these people died, but we have effectively improved the safety of the system, and nothing failed in vain.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Time
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Failure
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Lives
The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
Andy Rooney
Chance
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Wrong
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Rule
Information: the negative reciprocal value of probability.
Claude Shannon
Value
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Negative
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Reciprocal
If we look at the way the universe behaves, quantum mechanics gives us fundamental, unavoidable indeterminacy, so that alternative histories of the universe can be assigned probability.
Murray Gell-Mann
Universe
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Gives
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Quantum
The vast majority of large scale change efforts fail. Which means that the probability that you have actually experienced a failure, and your people know that and are pessimistic, therefore, about trying something again, is very high.
John P. Kotter
Change
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Failure
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Means
We can say with certainty - or 90% probability - that the new industries that are about to be born will have nothing to do with information.
Peter Drucker
Born
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Certainty
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Industries
The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability.
Thomas Huxley
Within
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Itself
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Scientific
The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.
Edward Gibbon
True
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General
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Laws
Life is a school of probability.
Walter Bagehot
Life
Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you'd think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise.
Lewis Thomas
Here
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Fact
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Small
When you turn from one room to the next, when your animal senses no longer perceive the sounds of the dishwasher, the ticking clock, the smell of a chicken roasting - the kitchen and all its seemingly discrete bits dissolve into nothingness - or into waves of probability.
Robert Lanza
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