walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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Seemingly unrelated

I was wasting [ETA: time] on a certain internet bookstore when I stumbled across this first sentence in a review:

"Fortune's Formula is a fascinating study of the connections between such seemingly unrelated topics as gambling, information theory, stock investing, and applied mathematics."

_Seemingly unrelated_?!? Shawn Carkonen could have done with two fewer words in that sentence.

I'm not sure if I really want to know how _anyone_ could think that gambling, information theory, stock investing and applied mathematics could be unrelated to each other. They are the _exact same thing_, or at least, if you made a Venn diagram of the territory covered by the four, there would be _substantial_ space shared among all four. But if you have a theory that is entertaining and/or plausible, I'll consider it. I think I would prefer entertaining to plausible, if I had to choose.
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