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11-16-2012, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post
If we assume that increased population (or better: increased number of people playing hockey) means increased talent pool, then it is possible that we have several Doug Harveys in the league today as opposed to one Doug Harvey in the O6 era.
And it is also possible that there are no Doug Harveys today.

Again, there are two very broad and unsupported assumptions behind what you're arguing:

1) Athletic genius is distributed across populations by random chance.

2) Because random chance increases the likelihood of more geniuses coming out of a larger population, we should assume that this has happened and adjust our list accordingly.

Unless you can support both of those points convincingly, this argument is speculative in nature and it's going nowhere any time soon.

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