Thursday, October 22, 2015

How to Make Seductive Nonsensical Causal Arguments

Use numbers.

From page 98 of the 1993 Reissue edition of Darrell Huff’s classic 1954 volume, How to Lie With Statistics:
Permitting statistical treatment and the hypnotic presence of numbers and decimal points to befog causal relationships is little better than superstition.  It is often more seriously misleading.

(via Cafe Hayek)

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