Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Do over!


Yesterday, I deleted all my Random Tuesday Thoughts posts.

I really don't want to clutter up this blog and I know people are here to see me make art, dammit!

I thought about keeping the posts, just as a record of what was, but then thought, "Nah." They were kind of inorganically shoe-horned into my blog and so they'll just be gracefully deleted.

I was about to remove myself from the Random Tuesday Thoughts lineup of bloggers, but when I went to do it, I found that I had been removed!

Perhaps I wasn't random enough. Or maybe something didn't register. Who knows, but it fits in with my world (blog) view.

But I did lose something in yesterday's post that I wanted to repost (and it doesn't involve me painting). Life offers us many opportunities to have do-overs, but it's up to us to make use of them. It's a gift to be able to apologize, to make right, to start over, to try something else.

So I wanted to share (again) that my experience of learning statistics as an adult is different from how I learned math as a child; I actually enjoy it and one way I enjoy it is by relating mathematical concepts to philosophy. For example:

A binomial probability distribution has only two outcomes: A and Not-A.

In plain English, this means the outcomes of a binomial probability distribution are not opposites like heads/tails or yes/no but
complements, such as heads and not-heads or yes and not-yes.

This sounds like a concept in Buddhism, where karma-producing action is not "countered" with
inaction, but non-action.

It's not exactly dualistic, black-and-white thinking. Stretches the mind, don't it?

There’s a beauty and elegance to mathematics I can almost appreciate, but I feel like I’m walking through The Louvre without my glasses.
Invite Beauty,

I.
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