Putting Faith In Its Place

March 21, 2010

Recently, I received an email detailing exactly why the author did not believe that the burden of proof argument should be used against belief in god. I disagree strongly. This video makes a good case.

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Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and now Statistics about Lies

March 17, 2010

Well, some of these can easily be interpreted as statistics about lies.

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Courtesy of xkcd.

Be Terrified … of a drive to the mall (MoJo Article:Fear, Inc.)

March 14, 2010

OK. I must admit that I find the thought of going to a mall a little terrifying. However, this is not what the article is really talking about. Or is it?

Comparing some of the statistics in the article to the number of deaths by terrorism since 9/11/2001 is a little silly. Let’s include 9/11. And, still, look at how many of the following beat out the 3,000 deaths from that date. Actually, more accurate mathematically would be to average some number of years including 9/11. I wonder how the statistics would look if we totaled them for the last 25 years, for example. This would include both terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

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