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Old 01-04-2012, 07:29 AM
 
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Some how my thoughts wandered to wondering what atheist feel about luck, which somehow lead to my wondering if any atheists are superstitious.
Luck is a subjective application of the benefit of random events to the observer.

Things happen all the time. If they are good we call them "lucky" if not we call it "unluckly".

As such I see no reason to think of "luck" as an actual thing or any grounds for thinking it can be influenced by engaging in any kind of attempts to influence it such as nailing horse shoes to the wall to influence the tide of probability into a subjectively beneficial result for us.

Again, "luck" is just what we label events that happened randomly but some benefit accrued to us from it.

One can of course "make ones own luck". It is clearly "unlucky" if paint cans fall on your head. If you do not walk under ladders however you reduce the probability of this happening. There is no superstition in this, it is just prudent action.
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:12 AM
 
Location: FL
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Precisely.

(Spock) "Hmmm...random factors would appear to have operated in our favour."

(McCoy) "In other words, we've been lucky."

(Spock) "Isn't that what I just said, doctor?" (1)

When the term 'Miracle' is applied to a favourable outcome with or without effort and expertise applied to bring it abut, I translate that in my head.

(1) The Doomesday machine

Spock: Random chance seems to have operated in our favor.
Leonard McCoy: In plain, non-Vulcan English, we've been lucky.
Spock: I believe I said that, Doctor.

Not an exact quote but I got the sense right.
I've thought of Spock quite a few times when reading posts in this forum.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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I don't know about that bad luck naming fish. Most of the ones we named lasted longer than the ones that we didn't name.
You just got lucky.

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Old 01-08-2012, 10:18 PM
 
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what one person calls luck might be unlucky to others...
stuff happens continuously and it's just how we perceive it at the time that makes us call it lucky or not..you can avoid some bad things happening by being careful or taking away the chance of something happening..for instance, if you stay in bed, chances are that you won't get run over by a car and if you play the lottery, there is a tiny chance that you win...
superstitions are mostly funny, like the thing with the number 13..if you concentrate on all the bad things that ever happened to you on Friday the 13th, it may seem like that's a very unlucky day..

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Old 01-09-2012, 07:31 AM
 
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I can't think of a single bad thing that has ever happened to me on Friday the 13th.

I also don't think that whether a day is good or bad has anything to do with what happens to me personally.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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We know that superstition is absurd. So how about just plain stition?
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:06 AM
 
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I don't know who originally said this but it sums up my feeling regarding luck ......... "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:12 AM
 
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Or as Branch Rickey put it, "Luck is the residue of design."
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:45 PM
 
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I don't know who originally said this but it sums up my feeling regarding luck ......... "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

I've heard that too. I can't remember who said it either.

But I have witnessed some "dumb luck" here and there.

I'm not saying there is anything magical about it, just sometimes thing work out in a way that doesn't seem to make sense.
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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I don't know who originally said this but it sums up my feeling regarding luck ......... "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
Seneca, Roman dramatist, philosopher, & politician (5 BC - 65 AD)
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