Thursday, January 9, 2014
Statistics and the naked ape
What else in life has this strong a case? 1/9137 is a pretty small fraction for 40 or 50% of the public to hang their beliefs on, if that doesn't crush your faith in homo sapiens intellect nothing will.
This morning in my paper they printed another conspiracy opinion, scientist are making it up, they're evil. The climate articles and authors are from all around the world, from places that don't agree on god or borders or anything else, from various academic disciples who fuss and snipe daily. It is impossible they would all falsify their individual projects to the same ends, work together in a plot, or that 9,136 geeks and gurus could keep it secret, it would be an even greater statistically improbability.