Category Archives: Statistics

adventures in feminist video game fantasies

Feminists have been waging a campaign against video games. A frequent claim is that video games need to cater to the female demographic. They believe that their feminist notions should be inserted in mainstream releases of major computer and console … Continue reading

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why economists are more reliable than doctors on health issues

Russ Roberts and Emily Oster explain exactly why Economists should be the more trusted individuals for health decisions. Roberts also explains why doctors are particularly ill-suited to make health related recommendations. The reason is that doctors generally do not understand … Continue reading

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bad statistics – car seat safety

News reporters are notoriously bad at basic comprehension of statistics. When it comes to child safety in cars, there is no exception. From CBSnews: For children, the back remains the safest place to ride. Children 12 and younger account for … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Tim Jacks – Vaccinations and Risk

A response to this article in which Tim Jack explains how his child with Leukemia was exposed to measles. He lashes out at parents who do not vaccinate their children. Tim, First of all, I would like to say that … Continue reading

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God and predictability

A standard Calvinist criticism about God’s prophecy as it relates to Open Theism is that there are too many free will agents for God to be able to accurately predict the future. This criticism fails on multiple levels. The first … Continue reading

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why women are underrepresented in video game creation

The short story: women just do not like programming and video game design. The long version from a female indie game designer. She points out, as we should all expect, that women actually get “perks” rather than discrimination in the … Continue reading

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friedman calls out bad global warming statistics

There is a common claim that 97% of climate scientists agree that the main cause of Global Warming is mankind. David Friedman quotes one such study that repeats the claim: Bedford and Cook (2013) contains the following sentence: “Cook et … Continue reading

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ban bossy – a case study in terrible statistics

Lately there has been a concerted push to ban the word “bossy”. The creator of this campaign quoted several studies in an effort to show that the term has negatively influenced young ladies. The problem with quoting statistics is that … Continue reading

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friedman on cultural differences

From an article about the standard of living differences between Scandinavia and the US: A Scandinavian economist once stated to Milton Friedman: “In Scandinavia we have no poverty.” Milton Friedman replied, “That’s interesting, because in America among Scandinavians, we have … Continue reading

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stanford prison experiment

My favorite psychologist, Peter Gray, explains why some psychological studies are flawed. He uses the famous Zimbardo prison experiment as a prime example. For those who are unfamiliar, this experiment assigned random students to roles as guards and prisoners and … Continue reading

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