Subject: Re: Bohr's way
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Wed, 09 Oct 2002 19:33:42 CDT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <dZucnZ8vDed7VzmgXTWcpQ@News.GigaNews.Com>
Robert St. Amant <> wrote:
| This reminds me of an anecdote I ran across in Simon Blackburn's book,
| _Think_: In talking with a concert pianist, a fan says, "You are so
| lucky to have so much talent!"  The pianist responds, "And the more I
| practice, the luckier I get."  The same probably applies to Feynman,
| who seemed to work hard at a lot of things.

I can't seem to find (or even Google) the reference, but someone once
talked about three ways people look at "luck" -- blind, energetic, and
practiced -- describing the differences this way:

Blind:	"You know, it's *possible* that an airplane might fly over
	my house and just at that moment a cargo door might pop open
	and a suitcase full of money might fall out and fall through my
	roof into my living room, so I'll just sit here and wait for it."

	"You know, I lost a dollar the other day -- probably fell out of
	my pants as I was making change, and it's likely that other people
	have lost money, too, so if I spend all day walking up & down the
	sidewalks looking in the gutters & corners & doorways, all over
	town, I'll bet I can find some of that money."

	A famous golfer [insert favorite name] was playing with a friend
	when he got stuck in a sand trap just short of the hole. Taking
	out his 9-iron, he looked very carefully at the lie & the hole &
	the wind, and effortlessly wedged the ball up and out onto the
	green, where it rolled for a bit before neatly dropping into
	the cup. His friend turned to the famous one's caddy and said,
	"Wow! What a lucky shot!" The caddy replied, "Yeah, it was.
	And it didn't hurt that he practiced it about a hundred times
	yesterday, either."


p.s. I'm also reminded of the following definition from the
"HipCrime Vocab" by Chad C. Mulligan (a character in John Brunner's
novel "Stand On Zanzibar"):

	Coincidence: What happens when you weren't watching
	the other half of what was going on.

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