The Plastic Brain

The Dark Art of Statistical Deception

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[Q] What is proofiness?

[A] It’s the mathematical analog ofStephen Colbert’s “truthiness.” It’s using numbers to prove what you know in your heart is true, even when you know it’s not. Numbers have a particular ability to fool us. It’s using that ability to turn nonsense into something that is believable with numbers.

The Dark Art of Statistical Deception

Author: Rogan Tinsley

Biology, science and maths teacher with a PhD in Neuroscience and passion for education.

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