Monday, September 20, 2010

Fibbing with Numbers

This past Sunday's New York Times Book Review had a review and excerpt of an interesting new book entitled Proofiness.  It is sort of a goofy title, I admit; however, the premise is intriguing.  The author describes how people. politicians, and corporations use false numbers and statistics to confuse, obfuscate, and flat out lie.  He asserts that when you attached a number to a false or misleading statement, that statement gains a certain amount of credibility.  This is all the more reason to educate yourself so you can rely upon your own numbers rather than somebody elses. 

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