Monday, May 02, 2005

If You Look for Surprising Coincidences Long Enough, You Will Find Them

Books: The Long, Strange Journey of Einstein's Brain Online Text for Morning Edition, April 18, 2005:
In another peer review, Terence Hines of Pace University, writing in Experimental Neurology in 1998, echoed Kantha's criticisms. Diamond's study, he wrote, "is so seriously flawed that its conclusions should not be accepted." Hines's complaint is the same one lodged against Paul Broca by Stephen Jay Gould in The Mismeasure of Man.

If you look long enough, if you measure a sufficient number of attributes, and if you are highly selective, you can eventually find statistical evidence to support or defeat any claim.

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