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How to lie with statistics, example umpteen


LYDIA MCGREW

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ABSTRACTHow to lie with statistics, example umpteen [Updated] (What's Wrong with the World) What’s Wrong with the World Dispatches from the 10th Crusade About What’s Wrong with the World is dedicated to the defense of what remains of Christendom, the civilization made by the men of the Cross of Christ. Athwart two hostile Powers we stand: the Jihad and Liberalism... read more Website Contact Editor Welcome and Posting Rules   Author Login Search Search this blog: Recent Posts A court case to watch As I was saying about child protective services What is a commercial republic? The Philippines, Population Control, and the Free Market Texas death panels moving right along Lowenstein and The Villain Something can and must be done Best of W4: Ireland and Her Saints Turning outrage into action And still more on organ transplant Subscribe to this blog's feed [ What is this? ] Recent Comments How to lie with statistics, example umpteen [Updated]     by Karen B. on Feb 20, 13:19 How to lie with statistics, example umpteen [Updated]     by MarkC on Feb 20, 11:43 How to lie with statistics, example umpteen [Updated]     by Tony on Feb 17, 23:02 How to lie with statistics, example umpteen [Updated]     by Jeff Singer on Feb 17, 22:34 How to lie with statistics, example umpteen [Updated]     by JohnMcG on Feb 17, 17:55 Subscribe to this blog's Comment Feed Authors Paul J Cella (Editor) Lydia McGrew Michael Liccione Jeff Culbreath Tony M. Categories America Christianity Catholicism Orthodoxy Protestantism Conservatism Economics Education Home-schooling General Golf History Islam Shari'a law the Jihad Liberalism Culture of death Political philosophy Men and women News Politics Reviews Books Film What We're Reading Science Sports Usury Crisis Verse WWWtW Greatest Hits Archives April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 Blog Roll Touchstone: Mere Comments The New Atlantis Claremont Review of Books First Things Jihad Watch ISI John Jay Institute American Chesterton Society Brussels Journal Jeff Culbreath Kevin Jones Patrick Deneen Andrew Cusack Andy Bostom The Christendom Review MandM First Principles Journal Front Porch Republic The Distributist Review The American Conservative Andrew Cusak Creeping Sharia Gates of Vienna City Journal Inside Higher Ed The Public Discourse LifeSite News How to lie with statistics, example umpteen [Updated] by Lydia McGrew Recently I received a phone call from my non-Christian (as far as I know) philosopher friend Neil Manson who, because he has an active and fair mind, had been exercised over what seemed to him the high FQ (Fishiness Quotient) of the statistical meme presently going around to the effect that "98% of Catholic women use birth control." Or something. Maybe "98% of Catholic women have used birth control." The former is obviously ludicrous, as it would seem to include elderly Catholic women, of whom it seems plausible that there are more than 2% among Catholics. Anyway, Neil wanted to know if I had read anything debunking the statistic. Well, I had to admit that I hadn't. This is mostly because the relevance of the claim to the HHS's mandate is, to put it mildly, obscure. If a large percentage of Jainists are chowing down on hamburgers on the side, it hardly follows that an expressly Jainist charitable organization should be forced by the federal government to fund a plan that buys free hamburgers for its employees. If a bunch of Quakers turn out to have gun licenses, employees of an expressly Quaker organization are not therefore entitled to have their fees paid to a shooting range or their ammo. provided at no cost through an employer plan. There is this commonsense notion that organizations that are explicitly identified as religious are allowed to uphold the actual doctrinal and behavioral standards of their respective religious bodies. Whether the rank and file membership of that religious body follow those standards in daily life should be irrelevant. Still, it has proven rather interesting to look into the statistical claim. Here's how it works. The study is here. The relevant tables are Figure 3 on p. 6 and the second Supplementary Table on p. 8. The survey was limited to women between 15-44. Ah, w.......