Category Archives: Statistics

When we’r misled about the dangers around us, we take real risks to avoid imaginary ones

The assessment of Risk is one of the great big things of our time. From business to politics to social cultural history, we are constantly engaged in a seemingly relentless pursuit to uncover causes and effects; and more often than not, the … Continue reading

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Our Trendy Ideological Narcissism doesn’t help Africa

I’m not going to do what countless others have done already and rip the piss out of Invisible Children, their Kony2012 Campaign and the obvious dodginess about  their methods/operations. Although I’ll let this little musical number (that they came out with back … Continue reading

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The Perils of Amateur Epidemiology

I have just finished reading the excellent The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin. It details the rise of the anti-vaccine movement, how their ideas have been scientifically discredited and further how a maelstrom of media, social and cultural pressures have meant that those … Continue reading

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