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Sowell: “Studies Prove…”

Often we hear that “all the experts agree” that A is better than B or that “studies prove” A to be better than B. ….

A fascinating discussion of the fact that statistical studies can be interpreted and presented in various ways…with varying degrees of rigor and of intellectual honesty…for various reasons. Dr. Sowell provides some excellent examples in this three-part article.

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  1. Mr Ed says:

    I have noted that it is almost universal that what is referred to as ‘research’ the media arises from reports about people who will collate some statistics and then from the statistics emerges a theory, which one often suspects existed before the statistics were collated.

    Unless there is a mechanism found and tested, you’re not dealing with science but ‘stamp collecting’.

  2. Lynne says:

    Appeals to authority don’t convince me. It means that someone has an angle they want to sell me. They can stick their geometry.

  3. RAB says:

    Yes, well up there with “Experts warn…” Experts never ever say… come on in, sit a spell, take your shoes off, have a big drink or two, everything’s fine! do they?

    I never believe Govt Statistics because I used to compile them for the Crown Court. Talk about guessimate! Utterly worthless.

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