GTB 737 banner Yudala banner

World renowned statistician at Cambridge University makes case for COINCIDENCES

By Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth on 20/03/2013

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 2,118


I have been getting reactions from different quarters since I started this column, COINCIDENCES. Though some people misunderstand the concept of the column, others very much appreciate it and never hesitate to say so. However, this feedback is the most extensive and illustrates the fact that coincidences are of interest to statisticians around the globe. Here is what David Spiegelhalter, a world renowned statistician, said while making a case for this column on his page at Cambridge University’s website:

“By recording your coincidence stories here, you can help him build a picture of what kinds of coincidences are out there and which ones seem to ‘get to’ us the most. Your coincidence stories can also help him explore the scientific explanations which may account for them – whether by doing the Maths to calculate the chances of a coincidence, or speculating on the weird and wonderful workings of our brains.

“Coincidences tend to be ‘surprising matches’ – sometimes they are lucky, sometimes unlucky, sometimes just mind-boggling. To help you recall the coincidences that have happened in your life, here’s a list of some common types of coincidence:

Surprising repetitions: for instance when you’ve had not contact with someone for ages, then find two connections to them very close together in time. Or when over several years multiple members of the same family are born with the same birthday. Or even a repetition of a really rare event – like winning the lottery twice, or your life being saved twice by the same person!

Simultaneous events: for example when two people phone each other at exactly the same time.

Parallel lives: such as when two people in a small group find they share a birthday or an unusual name, or when two people discover their lives match each other in bizarre details.

Uncanny patterns: imagine picking letters in Scrabble that spell your name.

Unlikely chains of events: perhaps you lost your false teeth overboard and found them inside a fish you caught twenty years later?”

Appreciation for this column was also evident when one of my write ups on Abraham Lincoln and Obafemi Awolowo was selected for use by the Obafemi Awolowo Foundaion.

Americans love to read coincidences, especially the one that concern their Presidents – in particular the ones on J. F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln.

Albert Einstein once said: “Coincidence is Gods way of remaining anonymous.” And Wole Soyinka once said: “God moves in a mischievous way.”

This is always at the back of my mind when I do my write ups.

What I try to do is to present the facts.

Americans are great at lionising their leaders. I hope we would be patient enough to make our institutions grow. Corruption is not a Nigerian word. Bad leadership is no peculiar to Nigeria. It has existed in the Western world.

If you read history you would find that nothing new is happening in Nigerian. There is, therefore, no reason for anyone to get mad when I highlight coincidences between Nigerian leaders for whom they may not have high regard and great achievers from other parts of the world.

COINCIDENCES is a weekly column that appears on Wednesdays. The columnist, Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth, is based in England, Britain, but can be reached via e-mail through atogonub@hotmail.co.uk or info@newsexpressngr.com

Source News Express

Posted 21/03/2013 12:20:17 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
Amosun Congratulates Funke Egbemode on emergence as NGE...

NUJ plans Bill to purge journalism profession of...

Police gets 11 new Commissioners, 1 Deputy Commissioner,...

Soyinka delivers 3rd Zik Lecture tomorrow (Nov. 14)...

Nasarawa farmers want early distribution of fertiliser to...

Wike the worst governor in Rivers’ history —...

Whistle Blowers, Witness Protection Bills pass second reading...

Shell, Yemi Alade partner for bright energy ideas...

University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital resident doctors begin...

Inflation declines for the first time in 15...

AIG moves to restructure Maritime Command

Anambra polls and the incompetence of ANSIEC and...

 

Latest News NiMet predicts rains today over Yenagoa, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Eket, Owerri, Awka, Enugu, Obudu, Ogoja, Ikom and environs Toast to UCH Ibadan at 60, By Folu Olamiti (FNGE) Nigerian Army launches books on critical thinking 82 Boko Haram fighters die in battle •No LGA under terrorists’ control — Army South African policemen rob Nigerian man of $61,000 Notorious Lagos cultist re-arraigned Arms factory discovered in Abuja, suspects nabbed Send your wards to Nigerian schools, JAMB tells political elite Ghost worker on trial over N11m fraud Borno APC Coalition rejects Modu Sheriff Manufacturers want 7-year tax break West and Central African youth endorse campaign for greater participation in the political process

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (278,838 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (260,784 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (211,717 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (177,859 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (176,814 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (158,525 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (136,791 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (126,814 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (120,406 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (111,266 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (110,442 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (102,818 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (28) Business (2,695) Business Verdict (22) Columnists (744) Complaints & Requests (93) Enterprise & Opportunities (178) Entertainment (378) Features (489) Global Business Monitor (178) International (1,544) Interviews (130) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (73) News (28,611) Opinion (809) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,939) Religion (627) Sports (1,323) Stock Watch (23) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

UBA mobile app

CBN words on marble advert

 

 

Manchester United vs Everton 4-0 All Goals & Extended Highlights

 

APO Newsbreak logo

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!