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Is luck an inherited characteristic?

Postby Mighty mouse » Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:56 am

Excuse my possible naivete (I am a computer programmer) but if luck exists and is an inheritable characteristic would it show as a skewing factor?
Can it therefore be said that it either does not exist or is not inheritable?
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Postby alextemplet » Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:38 pm

How could luck be inheritable?
Generally speaking, the more people talk about "being saved," the further away they actually are from true salvation.

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Postby Mighty mouse » Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:43 am

It was once thought most psychological problems had their cause not in organic but spiritual areas.
I am not sure if luck exists (as say a field influence on quantum events) but what is to say if it does there are not physical factors involved?
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Postby alextemplet » Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:11 pm

I suppose it might be possible, but you're dealing with a lot more than just a field of influence. How does this field know what influences to cause? How does it know to help a gambler throw a seven instead of snake-eyes? How does it guide a tornado to demolish one house while leaving the neighbors intact? How does it determine if a person survives or dies in a car wreck? All of these would be considered luck, if luck did exist, but how would they be influenced and controlled?
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Postby fluktuacia » Tue Aug 15, 2006 3:15 pm

I would like to know what kind of luck you mean.. luck, that you won't suffer some serious disease (some kind of genetic disease e.g.) might be affected by genes that you've inherited from your parents:), but i cannot understand how your genes can affect anything in your surrounding (and this way brings you luck)..
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Postby Mighty mouse » Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:02 pm

I agree, it quickly becomes tenuous with numerous logical hoops to contend with. Thanks for the clarification :)
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Postby revilorb » Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:35 pm

L.Niven: THe luck of Teela Brown: RingWorld....not sure the year
R. Heinlien: Methusala's Children, Time Enough For Love...year ...30 years ago or more
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Postby robsabba » Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:43 pm

revilorb wrote:L.Niven: THe luck of Teela Brown: RingWorld....not sure the year

Yeah, I read Ringworld and remember that. However, even in the book, it was not clear that the Puppeteers had really succeeded in breeding for "luck" in humans. They did try, however.
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Postby mcar » Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:33 am

I still believe that any success depends on how you work well in everything. So if luck is behind everything, it depends on how much effort you give in whatever you do. Chinese Feng Shui has a lot of ways to be lucky but still it is dependent on what is present and attitude counts.
Somehow, some people who have not even reached high academic degrees become lucky at some point. Most businessmen of the modern world never finished their formal schooling but they were all successful. Maybe there's something in their attitude, their determination and perseverance to what they have had believed. The way we adapt to different changes may affect this "luck' thing also. So if you have a more positive point of view to everything, no matter what happens, some may still be considered 'luck" at least.
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