12 January 2007

Professor of Risk Appointed at Cambridge

I'm guessing the newly appointed Professor of Risk at the University of Cambridge in England is not a Calvinist. The university webpage reports:

A new Professorship designed to help improve people’s understanding of the mathematics of risk is being established at the University of Cambridge.

The new Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk will seek to help individuals, institutions and government refine their decisions in risky situations.

Risk is a factor in all human activity and different people react to risks in very different ways. Questions requiring a scientific ability to assess the chances of something happening – or not happening – arise all the time.

Surprisingly, Proverbs 16:33 didn't factor into the decision: "The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision if from the LORD."

If you ask me, this is a pretty risky hire by the university.

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