Statistics may not sound like the most heroic of pursuits. But if not for statisticians, a Long Island fisherman might have died in the Atlantic Ocean after falling off his boat early one morning last summer.
The man owes his life to a once obscure field known as Bayesian statistics — a set of mathematical rules for using new data to continuously update beliefs or existing knowledge.
The method was invented in the 18th century by an English Presbyterian minister named Thomas Bayes — by some accounts to calculate the probability of God’s existence. In this century, Bayesian statistics has grown vastly more useful because of the kind of advanced computing power that didn’t exist even 20 years ago.
It is proving especially useful in approaching complex problems, including searches like the one the Coast Guard used in 2013 to find the missing fisherman, John Aldridge (though not, so far, in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370).
Now Bayesian statistics are rippling through everything from physics to cancer research, ecology to psychology. Enthusiasts say they are allowing scientists to solve problems that would have been considered impossible just 20 years ago. And lately, they have been thrust into an intense debate over the reliability of research results. (see “replication crisis”) (1)
What are the odds of someone researching a field which will supposedly destroy all his beliefs?
Funny how the greatest advances in science have been done from people who believe in God.
Funny how science, which atheists believe is against God, can be used in His name with such great results.
Funny how religious people believe in science and practice science in it’s finest forms, while atheists believe science disproves the very essence of the religious beliefs.
But it is logical if you think about it.
It is the creator’s design which scientists look for.
Because without design, there would be nothing to analyze but random oscillations.
Without a designer, whatever you “discovereD” would be just in your mind.
Without God science has no meaning.
Without God, there is nothing to discover.
Without God, scientists would have nothing to pursue.
Religion may have God as it’s starting point,
but as Planc said, Science has God as its final goal…
Choose a curtain.
Watch the goat behind curtain B.
Until nothing remains.
You will then have to choose again.
And the only place left to choose will be yourself…