[b-hebrew] Prophetic Perfect? Psalm 107

Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at umich.edu
Sun May 23 14:42:11 EDT 2004

Dear Rolf,
If you are unwilling to say "swan," then you are not behaving
scientifically at all. Applying Bayes' Theorem, the probability of
the bird being a swan and not a crow is the 
probability of it being a swan given that it's white = the probability
of it being white given that it is a swan (.998) times the probability that
it is a swan=.5 divided by the probability of getting a white bird = .5.
Therefore the probability that it is a swan is .998 = (.998*.5)/.5=.998.


> -----Original Message-----
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> furuli at online.no
> Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2004 1:52 PM
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> Subject: RE: [b-hebrew] Prophetic Perfect? Psalm 107
> Dear Liz,
> When you ask me, I would guess the bird was a swan, because 
> that would be more likely statistically speaking. But as a 
> scientist I would not venture a guess. Because I am aware of 
> the existence of white crows, according to your words, the 
> birds could have been a crows as well.

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