Sherrif Knows Best

Sat Apr 1, 2006

“This right here beats anything I have ever seen,” Sheriff Tom Alexander told the Asheville Citizen-Times, which reported that victims may have come from as far away as South America These incidents, like the well-publicized case in Germany a few years ago, admit of no sociological explanation. They are bubbles of evanescence, chance beyond our ability to perceive. Our flawed intuitions about probability and causality are the subject of a good deal of Lem’s writings–note that the translator of The Chain of Chance gave it that overly descriptive title instead of the cognate “Catarrh.” This is yet another topic I’d like to address in the upcoming discussion, with specific reference perhaps to Investigation.