
Why Statistics LieThe "Consciousness" FormulaWeather is based on statistics. I bet you didn't realize this. Or maybe you did. Either way, when you hear the words, "chance of," and "partly," there's a good chance you are hearing something based on statistics. So what are statistics? Statistics are peoples' attempts to make nature orderly and neat. Statistics are the canned version of natural situations, anything from the weather to aspects of our personalities. In truth though, weather is simply the moods of the sky. And our moods are simply our inner weather. Moreover, neither can be understood using statistics, because both kinds of moods are too chaotically disorganized. Or in statistical talk, too "random." In this chapter, then, what we are going to be taking a look at is how we can believe in something so incredibly dumb. How we can believe it is possible, to reformat into recognizable patterns, things which are obviously quite chaotic and unorganized. We can not. Most times, anyway. On rare occasions, they actually are organized though. Just, no one has ever noticed. Unfortunately, when someone discovers one of these rare occasions, the rest of us react something like Las Vegas slot machine gamblers when they hear someone win. Everyone starts flinging quarters into the slots as fast as they can. When someone wins at "statistical" slots, we start throwing quarters in as fast as we can also. These occasional wins, then, are what hook us. Just like gamblers. We think we can beat the odds. What odds? The odds which we face when we try to predict the future. The odds which are stacked in the houses' favor. The house being, our world.


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