Monday 23 October 2017

Questions that ask us to believe the plausibility of coincidence

The Moriarty report was met with sound and fury -- here are some key questions for the key players


NOT surprisingly, at the end of the day, the Moriarty Tribunal poses a question for the philosopher rather than the politician.

The sound and fury of Denis O'Brien and Michael Lowry's response seem to boil down, by way of explanation, to an astonishing array of coincidences.

The stoic philosophers did not believe in coincidence -- they believed everything had a cause. John Dillon, classics professor at Trinity College, says: "If you are asking us to believe in more than one or two coincidences at a time you are asking a lot. If you had a God's-eye view all these things might form a pattern."

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