Luck and Skill Untangled: The Science of Success

The world around us is a capricious and often difficult place. But as we have developed our mathematical tools with increased sophistication, we have in turn improved our ability to understand the world around us.

And one of the seemingly simple places where this occurs is in the relationship between luck and skill. We have little trouble recognizing that a chess grandmaster’s victory over a novice is skill, as well as assuming that Paul the octopus’s ability to predict World Cup games is due to chance. But what about everything else?

via Luck and Skill Untangled: The Science of Success | Science Blogs | WIRED.

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Massimo Scalzo

I might be wrong, but I think that as for success, there’re a number of drivers at work…
My father was used to say: “You know Massimo, there’re a number of good
people out there… but many of them are at the bottom of the sea… He
meant to say that many brilliant minds simply (and unfortunately)
haven’t all the “drivers” working at the same time in the same place… curious quirk of fate plays a significant role in life… even if you are a genius. Thank you.

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