The correct response, as every good skeptic knows, is to brick up the doors, preferably with the host behind, walk away and never speak of this again. The only other alternative being a statistical mindfudge best avoided. Unfortunately, not all problems are so easily solved and, as we’re seeing in these difficult times, a good understanding of the statistics can contribute enormously to making the world add up.
So it is that Skeptics in the Pub – Online offers a timely welcome to Undercover Economist and host of BBC Radio 4’s More or Less podcast Tim Harford, who hopes to help us overcome our hesitancy and distrust of statistics with his ten simple rules for thinking differently about numbers. Although, in a typical piece of statistical mindfudgery, there are, of course, eleven of them. Next slide, please.