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 Posted: Sat Jan 16th, 2021 04:52 pm
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Thanks for reading Paul and glad you enjoyed it :) It was fun writing about chance in Othello: it helped me to really understand what Shakespeare was getting at. Perhaps I should have mentioned also in the paper that Shakespeare's source, Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi has the Iago character (the wicked Ensign) stealing the handkerchief; presumably Shakespeare's making the loss accidental is significant to the theme of chance. I am so glad you mention the formula--that was the one thing that I was really hesitant to include! It's so cool but also so ... conjectural. But one thing I learned from biologist E.O. Wilson's book Consilience is that, to drive innovation and new ideas, it is good to bring together insights from a multitude of seemingly unrelated but actually interconnected disciplines. I'll keep pressing on, trying to bring together literary and dramatic theory with probability theory! Hopefully, one of these days, this will catch on with playwrights, dramaturgs, directors, critics, and audiences. Chance is so ... fun in its scintillating forms :)