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"I really wanted people to remember Bayes’s Rule" of conditional probability, says Gregory Samanez-Larkin.

The Yale assistant professor of psychology, cognitive sciencie, and neuroscience teaches an introductory statistics course. What's the probability, he asked his students, that a stats professor can walk on his hands? How do we calculate it? And, most important: "Who thinks that I'm the stats professor that can do that?"


"Do you want to see if I can?"

Then he hopped onto the long desk at the front of Davies auditorium, removed his lapel mic and jacket, and upended himself. Samanez-Larkin handwalked steadily to the end of the desk, executed a neat turn, and then—belly button exposed and feet waggling just a little—walked back to where he started.


The Yale Office of Public Affairs and Communications made a video. The drama begins around 52 seconds in.


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