Sunday, September 25, 2005

Probably crap

Science is the study of how things work. But science does not quite answer the question of "Why things work the way they work?". And there are multiple answers available for one to choose: Religion and Probability are two that come to my mind.

Religion is a way of accepting that there is some force at work, and for whatever reason, religions seem to suggest that one should subjugate himself to this force. Am I right? And why is it so? How about having a religion that prefers to show the finger to the force? Aah, I guess that would be classified as satan-worship. Hold it! So the religious people believe in at least two forces at work. Bah, that seems rather obvious soon after I wrote it.

Anyway, the point question I'm trying to get at is - "Is probability similar to a force recognized in any religion?"

The first few sentences of this post established that probability and religion were both conceptualised by man with an aim to answer the question of "Why?". So how does one figure out if these are indeed two different concepts? Lets first define them both.

Wikispeak: "In its broadest sense, some have defined religion as the sum total of answers given to explain humankind's relationship with the universe."

If I were to define probability on similar lines, it is the sum total of answers given to explain relationship between any two objects in the universe.

So is probability a superset of religion? Maybe it is.

P.S: My limited knowledge of religions has always gotten me stuck on this point -"Religions attempt to explain the purpose of our lives. But then, are we arrogant enough to believe that other species - or for that matter, even inanimate objects - dont have any purpose?" Now, probability does that a lot better, doesnt it?

2 Value-adds:

Blogger DD said...

The title of the post probably makes a lot of sense

September 26, 2005 10:12 AM  
Blogger eV said...

DD, iuss.

September 26, 2005 10:44 AM  

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