Lebron James Kia Commercial

So I was watching the 2016 NBA finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers and I saw this commercial,

Now first I want to state that I don’t hate Lebron James and this post isn’t about bashing him. I’m sure he was not involved in the mathematics of the Kia commercial.

However, this commercial just doesn’t make sense. If event A never occurs then we can conclude that it’s the empty set and so it’s meaningless to talk about the probability of B given A.

Plus I wonder why it seems commercials or movies always have to have a blackboard jam packed with, more often than not, nonsensical math writing.

Oh, well. …

Philosophical Devices by David Papineau

I was recently able to get my hands on Philosophical Devices: Proofs, Probabilities, Possibilities, and Sets.

Philosophical Devices

The purpose of this book is that it intends to be an introduction to technical ideas that are used in contemporary philosophical discussions. So if you look at the basic outline of the chapters, which have subsections in the book, you’ll figure there is going to be a discussion involving naive set theory, infinite sets, probability, modality, epistemology, logic, etc.

When I bought this book I actually thought it was going to be more technical than what it was, but I think for the intended audience it’s at about the right level. If I remember right, all but …

The Hearing Health Foundation

The Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) is an organization that is dedicated to curing hearing loss. They fund research and help with collaboration efforts between scientists. The Hearing Health Foundation actually renamed themselves in about 2010 or 2011 when they were known as the Deafness Research Foundation. The rename was a smart marketing move because usually people associated deafness with extreme hearing loss and so tend to think of only a certain degree of hearing loss. Whereas having it renamed to the Hearing Health Foundation makes someone think about hearing issues in general.

The Hearing Restoration Project

The Hearing Health Foundation began an ambitious project called the Hearing Restoration Project (HRP). As the name of the …

How to Pass the CLEP Chemistry Test

If you have never heard of the CLEP tests before I’ll give a brief overview. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows you to take tests on specific subjects, e.g. Chemistry, Biology, College Algebra, and if you acheive a certain score then you are granted credits toward that course.

However, it’s important to note what score you’ll need on the test is decided by your university or community college that you attend. So it’s very possible a score of 50 is needed on the Chemistry CLEP test to receive credits at University A where a score of 55 might be needed at University B and at University C they do not award any credits for …