Top Image Quotes About Randomness from The Drunkard’s Walk Book by Leonard Mlodinow

Top Image Quotes About Randomness from The Drunkard’s Walk Book by Leonard Mlodinow

Are we really masters of our fate?

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

The Drunkard’s Walk is a book about randomness, a topic that most people, unless they happen to be mathematicians or have a strange fascination with statistics, probably don’t think too much about. As a species, in fact, we generally prefer not to dwell on randomness, but rather to assume that we are in control of much more of our lives than we actually are.

In this new book, physicist Leonard Mlodinow attempts to show why underestimating randomness is really not a good idea. He lays a foundation for this discussion by outlining the development of mathematical and scientific thought on the topic. When humans assumed all outcomes were due to the whims of the gods, there was no need for a concept of randomness. But that didn’t stop gamblers from trying to improve their odds in games of chance, and it is to them we owe a debt of understanding on the topic.

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Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

“true randomness sometimes produces repetition,”
― Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

“recent years psychologists have found that the ability to persist in the face of obstacles is at least as important a factor in success as talent.”
― Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

“Thus even random patterns can be interpreted as compelling evidence if they relate to our preconceived notions.”
― Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

“claiming publicly that comets follow natural law and not God’s whim was a gutsy thing to do, especially given that the prior year—almost fifty years after Galileo’s condemnation—the professor of mathematics at the University of Basel, Peter Megerlin, had been roundly attacked by theologians for accepting the Copernican system and had been banned from teaching it at the university.”
― Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

“It is dangerous to judge ability by short-term results.”
― Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

“People expect good luck to follow bad luck, or they worry that bad will follow good.”
― Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book
Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

“The first step in battling the illusion of control is to be aware of if. But even then it is difficult, once we think we see a pattern, we do not easily let go of our perception.” ― Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives 

“We judge people and initiatives by their results, and we expect events to happen for good, understandable reason. But our clear visions of inevitability are often only illusions.”

“Dershowitz may have felt justified in misleading the jury because, in his words, “the courtroom oath—‘to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’—is applicable only to witnesses. Defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges don’t take this oath…indeed, it is fair to say the American justice system is built on a foundation of not telling the whole truth.”

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

“along with our responses to them, determine”
― Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

“We miss the effects of randomness in life because when we assess the world, we tend to see what we expect to see. We in effect define the degree of talent by degree of success and then reinforce our feelings of causality by noting the correlation. That’s why although there is sometimes little difference in ability between a wildly successful person and one who is not as successful, there is usually a big difference in how they are viewed.”
― Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

“For while anyone can sit back and point to the bottom line as justification, assessing instead a person’s actual knowledge and actual ability takes confidence, thought, good judgment, and, well, guts. You can’t just stand up in a meeting with your colleagues and yell, “Don’t fire her. She was just on the wrong end of a Bernoulli series.” Nor is it likely to win you friends if you stand up and say of the gloating fellow who just sold more Toyota Camrys than anyone else in the history of the dealership, “It was just a random fluctuation.”

We also use our imagination and take shortcuts to fill gaps in patterns of nonvisual data. As with visual input, we draw conclusions and make judgments based on uncertain and incomplete information, and we conclude, when we are done analyzing the patterns, that out “picture” is clear and accurate. But is it?” ― Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

 “We all understand that genius doesn’t guarantee success, but it’s seductive to assume that success must come from genius.” ― Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our 

 “We, unfortunately, seem to be unconsciously biased against those in the society who come out on the bottom.” ― Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

“Random events often look like nonrandom events, and in interpreting human affairs we must take care not to confuse the two.”

“On an emotional level many people resist the idea that random influences are important even if, on an intellectual level, they understand that they are.”

“when chance is involved, people’s thought processes are often seriously flawed.”

“When we are in the grasp of illusion – or, for that matter, whenever we have a new idea – instead of searching for ways to prove our ideas wrong, we usually attempt to prove them correct. Psychologists call this the confirmation bias, and it presents a major impediment of our ability to break free from the misinterpretation of randomness.”
Leonard Mlodinow

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

Top Quotes About Randomness The Drunkard's walk book

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