Friday 23 November 2012

10 Killer Quotes

Gambler's Psychology Kit is about two subjects: gambling & psychology. What better way to inspire, question & debate enquiring minds than these ''10 Killer Quotes''. ''The more you know, the less you need to think'' (Greene, 1987) "He had the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces." (Mark Twain) ''At first the confusion was total and very frightening to him. Once he held a chocolate in the palm of one hand, covered it with the other for a few seconds until its image disappeared from his memory. When he uncovered it, he thought he had performed a magic trick, conjured it up from nowhere. He repeated it again and again, with total astonishment and growing fear each time.'' (Baddeley, 1990) talking about Clive Wearing who suffered brain damage after a rare viral infection. "They gambled in the Garden of Eden, and they will again if there's another one." (Richard Albert Canfield) ''The BaMbuti pygmies live in the dense rainforests of the Congo, a closed-in world without open spaces. When a BaMbuti archer was taken to a vast plain and shown a herd of buffalo grazing in the distance, he claimed he'd never seen such insects before. When informed that the ''insects'' were buffalo, the archer was offended.'' (Price and Crapo, 1999)   

"It can be argued that man's instinct to gamble is the only reason he is still not a monkey up in the trees." (Mario Puzo, Inside Las Vegas) 

''Participants were asked to examine a list of health problems and to state 'Compared with other people of your age and sex, are your chances of getting [the problem] greater than, about the same, or less than theirs?'' Most believed they were less likely. Weinstein (1983, 1984) called this unrealistic optimism.

"When a gambler picks up a pack of cards or a pair of dice, he feels as though he has reduced an unmanageable world to a finite, visible and comprehensive size." (Annabel Davis-Goff, The Literary Companion to Gambling) 

''As a person, you are the configuration of your brain cells...Drugs are specifically designed to alter that configuration. So when you blow your mind on drugs, you really are blowing your mind. They may not kill you, but they may dramatically alter the person you are.'' (Greenfield, 2000)

"Guessing has never been widely acclaimed as a good gambling strategy." (Dr. G)