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View from the North 40: Nature beats statistics when there's too many bugs to count

In statistics, the term mutually exclusive refers to two or more related things or events that cannot exist or happen simultaneously.

Common real-life examples of this state include that war and peace cannot coexist at once; the result of flipping a coin can’t be both heads and tails; and you can’t turn right and left at the same time.

But all this does not mean that two opposite, but related, things can’t both be true at the same time — especially when dealing with that loose cannon Nature.

Nature cares nothing for statistics or analysis of states of being. Nature is the ultimate existentiali...


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