Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Why do we believe statistics?

  • 93% of all statistics cited have no basis in reality whatsoever.
  • 86% of experts quoted have no more knowledge about their fields than a competent novice.
  • 100% of experts started out as novices.
  • Anecdotal evidence is disparaged in 96% of all research studies.
None of these facts are based in bonafide research, but in the information age of email and internet postings, they are probably as true as most scientific hypotheses prove to be.

Words are vague and ephemeral concepts; numbers are concrete.
I wonder... what you think.

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