statistics-lie

#103: “Statistics based on more than a half-million births occurring in New York City hospitals between 1948 and 1957 show a significantly greater number of births taking place during the waning moon than during the waxing moon.”

False.                   

This is from a book called Supernature. One part in this book talks about how humans are connected to the moon, including birth. The book then cites this factoid: In 1959, the births in New York City hospitals were correlated with moon phases to see if anything significant related to the supposed effect the moon has on people came up.

This factoid gives the result, but the “significantly greater number” was only one percent. Furthermore, other birth statistics were studied at different times, and the same correlation wasn’t found in any of them. In fact, another half-million births were studied, and more births were found to be during the waxing moon than during the waning moon. So there’s absolutely zero correlation between birth and the moon phases.

Supernature is talking complete nonsense as well. When you consider that the moon follows a limited calendar and when you consider that the date of women’s periods (which is tied to conception and therefore birth) can be all over the place, then that theory is pretty much dead in the water. The Amazon reviews also point out that the book, though an interesting read, is full of speculation and doesn’t really have any solid facts. This is why books, like many other resources, aren’t always a hundred percent reliable.

Reference: 

Watson, Lyall. Supernature. New York, NY: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1973. Print.

A WOMAN IS OFTEN MEASURED

 BY THE THINGS SHE CANNOT

CONTROL. SHE IS MEASURED BY THE WAY

HER BODY CURVES OR DOESN’T CURVE, BY

WHERE SHE IS FLAT OR STRAIGHT OR ROUND.

SHE IS MEASURED BY 36-24-36 AND INCHES

AND AGES AND NUMBERS, BY ALL THE OUT-

SIDE THINGS THAT DON’T EVER ADD UP TO

WHO SHE IS ON THE INSIDE. AND SO IF A

WOMAN IS TO BE MEASURED LET HER BE

MEASURED BY THE THINGS SHE CAN

CONTROL, BY WHO SHE IS AND WHO SHE IS

TRYING TO BECOME. BECAUSE AS EVERY

WOMAN KNOWS, MEASUREMENTS ARE ONLY

STATISTICS. AND STATISTICS LIE.

Just Do It.

Today It Wasn't Me

Today my cousin sat where I sat almost three months ago. Today she sat in that chair as the nurse got quiet while she asked some questions. Today she sat in that chair as the doctor came to take a second look then turned to say they needed to talk about something. Today she sat in that chair as they told her what was wrong with her baby and how long it has to live. 

Today the statistics were wrong. Three of my cousins were pregnant along with me. One baby was born successfully, my baby is already gone, her baby may not be here much longer, and the fourth baby will hopefully be delivered healthy and happy. That makes 2 out of 4. 

I can’t do anything but cry. Why does this have to happen to my family again? This particular cousin has also had multiple early miscarriages. And now they’re probably going to lose another baby after getting the privilege of being able to feel and get to know this tiny life. 

God, please give your peace to my cousins. Show them how much you love them and their precious baby just like you’ve been showing us these past few months. Even though you didn’t save Janelle, I still believe that there can be a miracle. The doctors have pronounced death on this tiny life, but, God, please continue to give them hope and trust in you. 

anonymous asked:

I was working on a research project and the study showed that religious men are the highest of all admitted child molesters. Homosexuals were the lowest on the list. I don't know where she's getting this idea from that all homosexuals are child molesters lol. #science #faith one can be proven and one can't be. You're the embodiment of how Jesus should be.

I agree with you! Statistics never lie! And thank you!

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:/ its just such a shitty thing for someone to say outright bc its like. assuming the disorder is your own fault??? which is an awful thing to do???? in a professional setting?????? fuck dude im sorry i hope they ate an entire ass

orz the worst part it isnt the first time i’ve had to deal with that kind of ignorance from them. once they literally said “statistics lie” when i was talking about how many trans people are killed each day. like tbh im just so done w/ their shit

There was a method to what he was doing. Casey figured out a long time ago that if he eased his way into a lie, it felt a lot less like lying. Two truths and a lie and statistically, what he said was less lie than truth.

For example: truth number one, Betsy was a Worker. Truth number two, her parents bugged the house. The lie was that he had pieced it all together in that moment.

FB Reveals Woeful Diversity Numbers

theodp writes: There’s more work to do,“ said Facebook’s Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams, who issued a straight-out-of-How-to-Lie-With-Statistics diversity update on Thursday that essentially consisted of a handful of bar charts labeled with only percentages for select measures of the social networking giant’s current demographics. In search of real numbers, the Guardian turned to Facebook’s most recent Equal Employment Opportunity report filing, which showed that the ranks of black employees swelled by a grand total of seven (7) (1 woman) in the year covered by the filing, during which time Facebook saw an overall headcount increase of 1,231. Comparing Facebook’s new bar charts of US tech employees to those issued last year shows the proportion of Hispanic and Black employees remained flat at 3% and 1% respectively, while a decline in the proportion of white employees from 53% to 51% was offset by an increase in the proportion of Asian employees from 41% to 43%.

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Newsroom  - Voiceover (script)

When it comes to fuelling cars all we have known over the past couple of decades is petrol and diesel. There has been a lot of talk about electric cars and will they be they future? But finally we believe electric revolution has begun.

Why we do we believe the electric revolution has begun? Well the statistics don’t lie, There has been 400% increase in plug in electric cars and 984% Increase in hybrids.

There are now 27 models that qualify for government grant instead of the 6 models back in 2011, and we now have 3,000 more plug-in stations in the UK.  The price per mile can be as cheap 2p per mile.