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2010-10-06 12:46 pm (UTC)
I agree that some basic knowledge statistics would be a great help in creating a science literate population. I would add to your comments that another important concept learned in statistics is the difference between correlation and causation. A lack of understanding concerning this concept is important to a lot of pseudoscience, especially the medical variety.
It is not the search for bigfoot that I find disturbing, it is the methods that are used. Once people resort to bad methodology it starts to spread to other areas when they think or read about science. If your "sacred cow" relies on bad science you might have trouble being critical of other people's bad science.
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