Originally posted by AThousandYoungThat is not science, unless you want do discuss the psychology surrounding why such a story would end up on CNN?
Oops I mean Germany.
Originally posted by AThousandYoungIt seems that most of the time he picks the German team to win. The rest of the time he gets it wrong as much as he gets it right.
I am sure that the octopus is able to pick up on peoples' body language or something. This is about intelligent octupi.
Originally posted by twhiteheadThat argument fails if you DO take the octopus in isolation and find that it's future predictions are correct to a significant degree.
Another perfectly plausible explanation is that it is mere coincidence.
The mistake is to look at the octopus in isolation.
If you realize that similar 'guesses' are being made by thousands of people, psychics pets, etc, and the bets matches being reported, the chance that at least one will get most of the predictions right is actually quite high, simil ...[text shortened]... bable when taken in isolation, but when seen as part of the whole can become a near certainty.
Originally posted by Diodorus SiculusI did not use Wiki ... I got my info from a higher authority ... QI
Ye olde textbooks of lore? Wikipedia? I was taking the pish