Non critical thinking

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I think Selkirk is getting at something very important. In media people are exposed to statistics so much that they give estimates (or guestimates) in percentages even when based on no real statistics. I saw a journalist grill a speaker on militant Islam on CNN. The speaker kept say “something like 30% of Muslims in America…” and the journalist, who was sharp, kept interrupting him by asking ‘based on WHAT?’ Of course in the end, what he really meant is ‘some Muslims based on my own experienced’. Just making up statistics to mean all, most, some, few, etc, can be misleading. Which brings us back to being ‘clear’, etc. ;-)

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