Super short column tomorrow morning as Elaine and I take off at 8 AM Friday to head up to Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Saturday night Tom Jones show with friends. I have been working on “generating luck” for some probability studies in the casino, too. Panama Bates will hold down the fort here.
I proposed recently that “luck” may be a weak – and therefore not too reliable phenomenon – of the Higgs Field.
I read up on “luck” again this week, re-scanned Max Gunther’s book on luck and several others. There’s not much new, except that since Higgs fields are everywhere, the question becomes “How do we generate a Higgs (or “luck”) field (if they are related or similar/same)?
Although it starts off like wild sci-fi speculation, when you look at how Higgs is not entirely reliable, perhaps it is some alteration of the Higgs field that could perhaps get us to luck-generation, and if the effect is subtle, only big enough to move statistics around a bit, maybe it has something to do with the arrow of time, as well.
The most fascinating part of my research lately has been imagining this table filled with all the items of “luck” you can find. Four-leaf clover, horse shoes, rabbits feet, topological anomalies (like the Mobius trio on the wall of my off) and assorted “lucky stones,” including perhaps magnetite. Copper could be involved, too, in our “luck machine” — lucky pennies and all that.
If there is a “luck field” seems the lore about lucky this, lucky that, could be pointing at something.
It’s a fascinating mental exercise (light crown on). You can imagine yourself an aboriginal person meeting a time traveler from the future.
“Here, Nation Person, are all the parts you need to build a six-transitor radio!”
You would look at six transistors, a pile of resistors, small capacitors, a bigger one for tuning, ferrite bar antenna, and a battery with a case to hold it.
“Put it together and you’ll love Radio!”
Of course, no one mentions soldering, and the number of pars, if there were some number, like 50, the combinations possible start to look like 50 X 49 X 48 X….and the odds of even getting the arrangement right falls to the noise floor.
The time traveler‘s real joke?
Even if you got the radio to work (slim to Zero chance) they forgot to mention there’s no radio stations on the air in aboriginal times. Ark of the Covenant kits, not withstanding.
The “luck field” from legend and lore about “luck” is just as dicey.
Take our “lucky horseshoe” collection. horseshoe collection, for example:
There are all kinds of properties to a horseshoe that might figure into luck when you think about it:
- The horseshoes are a low carbon steel. Does the Luck Field favor a particular carbon-graining structure in the steel?
- They are also magnetic…so is luck magnetically polarized?
- Horses are in a size range…so does luck have something to do with mass?
- Long as we’re on it, and since Wednesday was Mobius and light crown day, is there something special about the horseshoe’s shape? Is it some kind of sigil that commands luck to appear?
- The horseshoes I’m using were also once-upon-a-time on a real horse. So they have dried horse poop on the bottom of them, Is luckI drawn to feces?
This last point isn’t so outlandish to ponder, either. “I can’t win shit!” has been said how many times? Would one’s luck change by stepping in a pile of dung?
It luck somehow attracted to smell?
The horseshoes stink.
So does garlic, and we know there’s some luck involved in wearing garlic to ward off vampires. (I made a note to have a Caesar salad before hitting the casino…just in case.)
Rabbit’s feet are also sitting on the table.
Unlucky for the rabbit, they also smell.
Moreover, they have fur on them and we know fur is involved (running a piece of plastic) with the generation of static electricity.
So, does luck involved static electricity in some way? Maybe horseshoes ground people.
Chris McCleary and I talked last week and he’s getting much better sleep using a grounded pillow cover. If you have $80-bucks to spend on a science project try LandKissing® Pillow Case (2 sets) For Grounding – Cotton Beige 31”x19” Suitable for Standard Pillows Envelop Design No Zipper.
This is all part of work on “earthing” – so a word of detail here.
In Europe, the uppityPeans call an electrical ground the “earth.” So radio gear is “earthed.”
Here in the Colonies, with a little more precision, it’s the ground and we measure things like ground conductivity and such. Not that Brits don’t but they make a hopelessly big deal about having a power supply ground differentiated from the earthing the chassis.
So back to luck…is a static charge of some kind involved? When I played and won a fair bit last time I was wearing brand new, ultra clean, tennis shoes. I came out more than $700 up. Insulated from the casino floor.
When I tried “earthing” a few tips back, casually sliding off my loafer and punching a hole in the bottom of my left sock – it didn’t seem to help any…and in fact, I lost.
I would LOVE to find out if casinos have higher or lower take-outs on days when the humidity is especially low. Why don’t I think this would be published?
The experiments this time will involve a “horseshoe shaped” ring. Big spender me: $19 bucks for aanything in the name of science, huh?
Maybe there is…or isn’t…some aspect of electrical conductivity involved. Just to see, I will make damn sure not to touch any metal part of the machines since that would ground me. I also tend not to use player club cards. On the theory if I do find something that might tilt luck a bit, why would I want anyone to know about it?
But just for giggles, I will try a couple of things along the lines of orgone energy this trip, too. In theory, some aluminum foil inside your socks, then wool sock, then a layer of foil inside your shoes, then dry, clean/new highly insulated shoes…well, there might be an orgone bubble in the area.
All fun stuff and I know that out highly math-literate readers will laugh it all off. “What part about Gaussian Distributions are you now clear on, Ure?”
That is precisely why to try the weird and the oddball. Because that “knowing things” is why it took so long for electricity to arise. Some Wikipedia quotes and timespans to think about:
“Electricity would remain little more than an intellectual curiosity for millennia until 1600, when the English scientist William Gilbert made a careful study of electricity and magnetism, distinguishing the lodestone effect from static electricity produced by rubbing amber.”
“Benjamin Franklin conducted extensive research in electricity, selling his possessions to fund his work. In June 1752 he is reputed to have attached a metal key to the bottom of a dampened kite string and flown the kite in a storm-threatened sky. A succession of sparks jumping from the key to the back of his hand showed that lightning was indeed electrical in nature”
So 152 years. And then?
“The recognition of electromagnetism, the unity of electric and magnetic phenomena, is due to Hans Christian Ørsted and André-Marie Ampère in 1819–1820. Michael Faraday invented the electric motor in 1821, and Georg Ohm mathematically analysed the electrical circuit in 1827.”
And finally, 1879, Edison gets Light. 51-YEARS later.
Let’s suppose that luck is a field effect in physics that we basically don’t understand. See Dean Radin’s book Real Magic for the grown up discussion.
Statisticians scoff at being able to engineer luck because they are blinded by their own math. Except that in Number Theory, runs do happen with great regularity.
So pardon me if I “charge myself up” and slide my tennis shoes on the carpets with the foil inserts and all. And I carefully touch only plastic parts of machines – the non-conductive parts.
“Touch wood for luck” and “knock on wood”, so maybe Luck Engineering involves a sound. See?
Sure sounds nutty if you are a hard-core reductionist. As Radin says “No magic for you…” To me? All things are possible…so put me in the magic line.
Expectation figures, too. And I expect to win a mega jackpot this trip. They don’t check people out to see if their working the Higgs fields when they have a big win, do they? I hope foil in shoes isn’t too noisy!
Next thing you know, casinos will have “rabbit’s foot sniffing dogs…”
Write when you get rich,