Become a magician

Discover the unexpected magic of science!
Discover real  statistics!

Statistics is very far from being what it seems at first glance.
Look again!  . . . and again.

Statistics is usually thought of as a method of lying.  It's actually a powerful tool of science, an underlying principle of thermodynamics (efficient engines) and of persuasion (advertising and political manipulation).  Quantum mechanics is statistical in a way unknown before the 20th century.

(And how do we sidestep Nader's principle, "Before you fool 'em, tell 'em they're too smart to be fooled"?)

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Statistics is simple but subtle: Last year our booth demonstrated just how subtle.

Orders of magnitude is a baffling concept to many.  How many different ways to illustrate it can we come up with?

millions?   trillions?
How do we get rich with casinos?
How do we get poor with casinos?
With lotteries?

How do we show the statistically gullible the nature of gullbility?
The nature of statistics?

gullible's travails
From "What's New" for May 9, 2003
Secretary of Education under Ronald Reagan, William J. Bennett makes a lot of money from speeches about family values and moral clarity, and from best-selling books, with titles like “Childrens Book of Virtues.” He needs a lot to cover gambling loses, which are put above $1M. It’s not a moral issue, Bennett says. WN agrees; it’s about intelligence. He favors high-stakes slots, where you’re guaranteed to lose if you play long enough. Bennett played long enough. “There’s a term in the trade for this kind of gambler,” a casino source said, “We call them losers.”
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