All Thinking is Doing: Luck, Politics, Big Data, and the Digital Humanities

Over tea one night, my friend James was relaying an experiment he’d heard of where a research scientist decided to find out if luck was genetic. The scientist poled groups of people, asking them who the luckiest person they knew was. After doing this for some time, he managed to narrow down a group of individuals that other’s considered in possession of a higher-than-normal luck ration. Using this same process to find out who these people considered blessed, the scientist eventually ended up with a group of families that were inordinately ‘lucky’. Continue reading