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Barry Palmer

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Could we find a way to measure luck?

Today I was shoveling snow in front of my house. Under the snow there is considerable ice, large patches, here and there. I could very easily have slipped, fallen down and injured myself, but today I was lucky. Every day people have accidents or become ill due to nothing but bad luck. Other people have good luck and continue their lives unaffected, or perhaps are better off, maybe much better off. Luck is a factor in every life, sometimes it is obvious that it is a big factor.

The scientific minded among us (I include myself) are all convinced that incidents of good luck and bad luck occur in accordance with the "laws" of probability. But we have no way of confirming this without measurements. If we documented the lives of enough people, could we find a way to measure luck? Can you suggest how? If we could measure luck, would it then be possible to determine the significance of luck in the lives of most persons? And would that affect philosophy? Please feel free to answer whichever questions you choose.

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    Mar 22 2013: Luck is unique for everyone, so i think there is no measurement for luck. There is coincidence that affects us in good way, and in bad.

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