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Book Recommendation: Lies, Damned Lies, And Science

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I just finished the book "Lies, Damned Lies, And Science" by Sherry Seethaler. 

Lies, Damned Lies, And Science

I enjoy books like this that help instill a greater understanding about how science and statistics work.  What is taught in this book is the kind of information that we should be teaching to our children at school so that we can have a more scientifically literate population.

The book helps provide people with the tools necessary in order to understand a greater perspective on issues than that which is typically filtered through the media.  Decisions on public policy relating to issues of science need to be made by weighing the pros and cons of all options, even that of keeping the status quo.

Uncertainties need to be acknowledged, and when there are trade-offs we need to recognize what kind of choices they entail and not paint issues in black and white terms.  How we frame the question is also very important.

I would recommend this book to anybody who's confused by all the media claims, studies, and statistics.  If you want to develop the ability to sort through it for yourself, this book will help you get there.


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