All posts tagged: probability

What a coincidence!

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Myths / Psychology

We’ve all been floored at some point in our lives by what seems an impossible coincidence. It’s tempting to interpret such improbable, even eerie events, as signs from the Universe. But what can science tell us about coincidences? Are they as rare as we think? What are the chances? Image credit Colton Sturgeon via Unsplash.   She was one in a million, so there’s five more just in New South Wales.   Charlie No. 1 by […]

When am I going to die?

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Health / Medicine / Myths

Remember when Marty McFly desperately tried to warn the 1955 Doc Emmett Brown that in 1985, Doc was going to be gunned down by Libyan terrorists in Back to the Future? Doc insists that he doesn’t want to know about the future. How about you? Would you want know in advance when you are going to die? New research out of the UK can tell you the chances you’ll still be alive in five years based on your answers to some very simple questions.