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Thought of the Day: Narrow Contextualization leads to Narrow Opinions, especially when Charts are Involved!

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I recently read a cross-post on my friend Ted Deppner’s Facebook (Ted is a long-time friend who I consider very intelligent, but we often disagree).  In his cross-post, he shares a chart from John Stossel (And, I should share that I have appreciated some of John Stossel’s reporting, such as his reporting on education in America, although that too was not necessarily completely “objective” reporting.) But, in the case of this chart, I think it clearly shows how one can “lie with statistics”, or maybe more accurately that statistics are often used to support the presentation of an idea, not to support the creation of an idea.

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February 20th, 2014 at 4:59 am