Odds Quotes (6 quotes)
Everest for me, and I believe for the world, is the physical and symbolic manifestation of overcoming odds to achieve a dream.
Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.
Statistically the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you would think the mere fact of existence would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise. We are alive against the stupendous odds of genetics, infinitely outnumbered by all the alternates who might, except for luck, be in our places.
Until its results have gone through the painful process of publication, preferably in a refereed journal of high standards, scientific research is just play. Publication is an indispensable part of science. Publish or perish is not an indictment of the system of academia; it is a partial prescription for creativity and innovation. Sustained and substantial publication favors creativity. Novelty of conception has a large component of unpredictability. ... One is often a poor judge of the relative value of his own creative efforts. An artists ranking of his own works is rarely the same as that of critics or of history. Most scientists have had similar experiences. Ones supply of reprints for a pot-boiler is rapidly exhausted, while a major monograph that is ones pride and joy goes unnoticed. The strategy of choice is to increase the odds favoring creativity by being productive.
Why then does science work? The answer is that nobody knows. It is a complete mysteryperhaps the complete mystery&mdashwhy the human mind should be able to understand anything at all about the wider universe. ... Perhaps it is because our brains evolved through the working of natural law that they somehow resonate with natural law. ... But the mystery, really, is not that we are at one with the universe, but that we are so to some degree at odds with it, different from it, and yet can understand something about it. Why is this so?
You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10-12 to 1.