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What's Luck Got to Do with It? by Joseph Mazur

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Pits, Pebbles, and Bones

Rolling to Discover Fate

Gaming is a principle inherent in human nature.—Edmund Burke, British House of Commons Record,February 11, 1780

Imagine life in the last Ice Age. Those Neanderthals, with their orangutan jaws and beetle brows, burbling some mono-vowel language, sharpening spears in preparation for a hunt of hungry scimitar-toothed black tigers, reflexively gambling every day against the impending extinction of their race.1 Ground tremors, as common as cloudy days, triggered by great weights of melting ...

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