Sum­ming up

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

I am in­trigued by your cor­re­spon­dent K McNaughton’s math­e­mat­i­cal ap­proach to ha­tred (‘Use­ful fools,’ May 21), when he wrote, among other statis­tics, that “a full 67 per cent of Mo­hammed’s bi­og­ra­phy is devoted to de­stroy­ing us.” How­ever, he dodged any at­tempt at es­ti­mat­ing the prob­a­bil­ity of my Moslem col­league M’s get­ting preg­nant, writ­ing only that “ac­ci­den­tal con­junc­tions of con­tin­gen­cies do not prove causal­ity.”

I think what he meant was that her preg­nancy was mere co­in­ci­dence and noth­ing to do with a Chris­tian prayer.

I like co­in­ci­dence. It can be eval­u­ated math­e­mat­i­cally.

Given that M had tried un­suc­cess­fully for a decade or so, let’s say that she was

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