Importance of knowing the odds
While scientific study of probability is relatively new development, dating from 16th century, and mathematicians such as Cardano, Huygens and Pascal were the first to develop mathematics of probability as science of knowing “what are the odds” of specific event happening. To be able to estimate likelihood of an even that could hurt us or benefit us is vital mechanism to our development and survival as species. When father throws baby in air, he does it because he can (being physically stronger than the mother) and because it is fun for child. But, on a deeper level this is one of the earliest lessons given by the parent of the concept of the risk and reward which is vital skill for child to master in order to shift the odds in its favor and to make right decisions and choices as it grows and lives. Instead of living by the Nike's "just do it" slogan - this lesson is first step in learning what is likely to happen - if i do it, and therefore should i do it?