The size of Wales: Statistics as weapons

Authors

  • John Ankers

    1. Researcher at the Institute of Integrative Biology at the University of Liverpool. He won the 2011 British Society for Cell Biology Science Writing Prize for the most accomplished essay communicating biomedical research to a non-specialist audience.
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Abstract

Statistics are objective, impartial, free of bias or moral judgement. So why, asks John Ankers, are they so often presented in ways that make us feel guilty?

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