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Why “Statistics Show” And “Science Says” Can’t Always Be Trusted

“Lies, damned lies, and statistics!” Have you heard this phrase before? It demonstrates how people can use statistics to strengthen arguments, specifically weak arguments. This simple comic demonstrates a logical fallacy we often fall for. We have all deferred to an expert or a position of authority before, yet how do we know they were accurate? This is called Authority Bias. Let’s take a look at how this works:[1] Person X is an authority in a particular field. Person X says something about a topic in their respective field. Person…

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