"Captain, I'm beginning to understand why you Earthmen enjoy gambling. No matter how carefully one computes the odds of success, there is still a certain exhilaration in the risk." ~Spock

Chance has a seemingly magic power to excite our brains. What is it about chance that makes it so attractive?

In a famous Seinfeld episode, both Jerry and George want the same apartment. They decide to flip a coin to determine who gets it.

To think about – or discuss with a friend

  1. Is flipping a coin a good way to make a decision? When have you used a method like that for making a decision? When would you not use such a method?
  2. Why, do you think, we sometimes like to leave things to chance?
  3. Is chance ever better than the alternative? Explain.