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Author: John Brignell; European Science and Environment Forum.
Publisher: Great Britain : Brignell Associates in co-operation with the European Science and Environment Forum, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The subject is the misleading numbers that rain down upon us from Government, the Civil Service, the Press, advertisers, academics, special interest groups and a host of others that seek to influence us. Simple statistical modelling is used to illustrate the tenuous basis on which many of the claims are established. A key point is the criterion that many of the proponents use as a standard of statistical
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Brignell; European Science and Environment Forum.
ISBN: 0953910806 9780953910809
OCLC Number: 48754924
Description: 243 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 25 cm
Responsibility: by John Brignell.

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The subject is the misleading numbers that rain down upon us from Government, the Civil Service, the Press, advertisers, academics, special interest groups and a host of others that seek to influence us. Simple statistical modelling is used to illustrate the tenuous basis on which many of the claims are established. A key point is the criterion that many of the proponents use as a standard of statistical significance, which is shown to be less than satisfactory. The importance of confounding factors and publication bias are particularly underlined. There follows a chapter on the classical fallacies of logic and number that give rise to the lies and misrepresentations discussed later.

Chapter 4 is a discussion of the phenomenon of scares in the media, how and why they arise and who are the big players in their generation. The account is illustrated with, among others, examples from the environment, the diet industry, Frankenstein foods, electro-magnetic fields, disease and, of course, global warming. Chapter 6 describes the unfortunate state of much of modern science and how the scientific method and the peer review system are abused. Illustrated definitions are given of bad science, pseudo-science and junk science. Chapter 7, which is an account of the rise and fall of modern scientific medicine; its rise through the early years of the century and its decline largely as a result of the introduction of the social theory. Chapter 8 deals with two topics that are the richest source of false propaganda, namely alcohol and tobacco. Chapter 9 discusses the interaction of measurement with the law. This takes many forms, ranging from the role of expert witnesses to the shackling of science by the litigation explosion and the growth of the compensation culture.

Chapter 10 deals directly with the abuse of computers and the numbers they generate, including modelling, packages and spreadsheets. Chapter 11 is based on the modern insistence of measuring the unmeasurable and gives examples in such areas as education and medicine. Chapter 13 returns to the question of risk as it is presented to and perceived by the individual. Chapter 14 is a personal account of the unsatisfactory state of one small branch of science as experienced by the author when a novice researcher. In particular it is shown that the human operator can have a great influence on the outcome of scientific experiments. The way spurious orthodoxies are created and maintained is well illustrated by these observations. -- from www.numberwatch.co.uk.

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