PSYC 210

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Some interesting statistics-related quotes:

  • “While the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will be up to, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to. individuals vary, but percentages remain constant. So says the statistician.” (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.” (Иосиф Сталин, Joseph Stalin)
  •  “I know there are some polls out there saying that this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don’t pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in “reality.” And reality has a well-known liberal bias.” (Stephen Colbert)