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The Strong Law of Small Numbers


One will always find meaning where one seeks it. This belief implies that small numbers will often appear in more than one place, and so such things are much more likely to be coincidences than we would initially think.

For instance, if your birth-weight and the number of letters in your last name are equal, you could claim that the probability of this specific event is very small. However, the probability that something like this would happen is actually very high. In searching for the coincidence, you were actually very likely to find one.


Randomness is a sign of complexity beyond human comprehension.