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  •  I see what you mean (1+ / 0-)
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    but at the same time, isn't that one of those truisms like "the exception proves the rule" that makes sense on one level, but actually goes against how we reason on another?

    Say you have two neighbors who occasionally wear formal suits, one of whom leaves his house only on Sundays in a suit, and the other who wears it the same number of times on average each day of the week.

    The distribution "clumps" around Sundays for one neighbor, and isn't the way we draw inferences to take that clump as not random and assume he goes to church?

    So I'm assuming the asteroids are going to church ;)

    "Stare at the monster: remark/ How difficult it is to define just what/ Amounts to monstrosity in that/ Very ordinary appearance." - Ted Hughes

    by MarkC on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 12:36:29 PM PST

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    •  The problem is we're talking about (1+ / 0-)
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      billions of objects, not just the two that we happen to be focusing on.  And it's moot because the orbital characteristics say there's no relation.

      Pour yourself into the future.

      by Troubadour on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 12:54:48 PM PST

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