Some weeks, I am able to settle each matter that I mediate while other weeks, I am unable to settle even one. Like everyone else, I think in terms of “streaks”; that is, I am on a good “streak” or a bad “streak”.
An article in the June 26, 2014 edition of The New York Times Science section entitled “That’s So Random: Why We Persist in Seeing Streaks” by Carl Zimmer, advises that research has shown that there is no such thing as a “streak” (or, in basketball, a “hot hand”). It is all quite random and the result of pure chance.
One of the earliest studies was in the 1980’s by Thomas Gilovich, a psychologist at Cornell University who conducted a statistical analysis of the “hot hand” of basketball players who truly believed they were on a “hot streak” because they were not missing their shots. The statistical analysis showed that the lucky shots were truly random; the basketball players were operating under a “… general misconception of chance.” (Id.)
More recent studies indicate that this bias “….
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