... just about the time I dropped out of the University of Hawaii

and ran off to Alaska, on a derelict old sailboat ( with good karma ),

I had advanced to a certain degree in my understanding of mathematics,

and reached the point of seeing the infinite possibilities of matrices,

whose matrix elements are themselves a matrix, or at least a non-linear

differential equation of one sort or another. Additionally, I got

my feet exposed to the black hole called Statistics.

... my statistics teacher, an ameri-asian female, IIRC, was pretty good.

She got the basic principles across, and anyone who really wants to

learn the dry, drab stuff, can do it.... even an 8th grader. :-)

... but I had one nagging question, which I asked the teacher, and she

couldn't answer it.

...I said this is all cool stuff, but I do notice that

the whole ball of wax is predicated on the validity of the

Standard Distribution Curve... you present it to us, as fact, that the curve is

some sort of apriori truth... but I don't see it as obvious.

... she sort of blushed and said that she was sorry she wasn't advanced

enough to prove it's validity off the cuff, but said that some very

smart mathematicians have done it, and it is predicated on something

called the Central Limit Theorem.

... I've been thinking about it for years, and the closest explanation

shown to me by my mystical master ( the TV :-) ), was on a PBS show explaining that the

idea got started in some midievil carnival where townspeople were asked

to place a bet, and guess a cow's weight. The mathematicians watching

it, noticed that if you average all the entries, you come close to the true

value, and the larger the number of guesses, the closer to the true value

the average will be. ....and this is all on average... IIRC :-)

.... so a common sense Central Limit Theorem would be:

"on average, the average will tend toward the true mean" ?

... anyways.... maybe I need more school, but it seems that this is

all predicated on fact that the measured value ( whatever it is ), is

taken from a totally non-skewed experiment.... which I find impossible

to find nowadays..... most scientists contemplate the possibility

that their wishes and desires may alter the outcome of their experiments...

like magic...

.... yeah now I remember.... I realized it was all magic, and dropped

out and split for Alaska.... yes sir ..... its all magic

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