Friday, January 22, 2021

The difficult part is finding the "good"...........

 Of course, we shouldn't be credulous, but the antidote to credulity isn't to believe nothing, but to have the confidence to assess information with curiosity and a healthy scepticism.

     Good statistics are not a trick, although they are a kind of magic.  Good statistics are not smoke and mirrors; in fact, they help us see more clearly.  Good statistics are like a telescope for an astronomer, a microscope for a bacteriologist, or an X-ray for a radiologist.  If we are willing to let them, good statistics help us see things about the world around us and about ourselves — both large and small — that we would not be able to see in any other way.

-Tim Harford, How to Make the World Add Up:  Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers

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