I saw it in today’s (November 9, 2012) Anchorage Daily News. If it was published in an accredited periodical, it has to be true, right?
Of course, one had to read between the lines to see what Ken Bensinger of the Los Angeles Times was really saying. The headline read: ‘Number crunchers were right despite what pundits said’ and was meant to reveal that mathematicians “called the presidential race and a slew of smaller contests with stunning accuracy.” Mr. Bensinger believes mathematicians gathered data from Gallup, Rasmussen, and other polls taken throughout the election campaign and then used computers to, well, I’m not sure how they did it, but supposedly, these math wizards accurately called all the Electoral College votes and dozens of smaller, local elections.
I say they simply jumped forward in time a month, maybe only a week, and read the November 7th newspaper.
After all, if a time machine were built, wouldn’t super brainiac mathematicians be involved somewhere? Don’t those guys have a club or secret gang or something they belong to, Mensa maybe? True, time travel to the past would be easier, but finding a focal point a mere week into the future wouldn’t be too risky. I’m sure the math brigade could find a volunteer brave enough to risk jumping forward a few days to gather information so they could ‘verify’ their results. If they had goofed up on a prediction or two, they could tweak the data to make sure their credibility was secure.
Now, put on your super-geek suit, master mathematician, and leap forward far enough to find the cure to cancer and world hunger. I don’t think anyone could go forward far enough to find the cure for meanness or stupidity; they’ll probably be around forever.
Dani Haviland, author
The Fairies Saga
(picture above snapped last week in Greensboro, NC while on a fact finding mission).