Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Better late than never ...

... I would have linked to this earlier had I known of it: From our bulging How not to do statistics file.

Definitely click on the two follow-ups at the bottom. This is really quite a story, given the absolute worhtlessness of the "study."


  1. What is this, a movement? We get Dawkins, and now Paul, making irrational arguments on evolution.

    But, they are really arguing with what Statguy called "young earth creationists" (quotes to continue) in a fringe-versus-fringe food fight.

    The problem is that those of us who have any spirituality to our make up at all, which is probably a great great majority, are being lumped in with "young-earth creationists", and need to duck the pies and beer bottles coming from these fringe evolutionists with political designs on what the rest of us can have for governments, educational institutions, and probably families too.

    Thank God--goodness, I mean--for Statguy, and Gallup.

    Also, it's a good thing for blogging, that these guys can be taken to task very quickly this way. I wonder if in the past these ideas would be dismantled so quickly.


  2. The ludicrous James Wolcott has a piece with a similar purport in Vanity Fair. Only his statistical gambit is even more preposterous.