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on 10 August 2009
Book in a paragrpah "Think whatever you would normally think and then just reverse it. Then repeat. On and on and on for various topics, without spending any amount of time on ALL of the relevant information to draw valid conclusions", despite the author advising readers that this is what counts in any decision.

Eg, in calculating whether sexual history is relevant in rape cases, the author could have factored in the fact that only a small percent actually get to court, and that this amount of relevant information massively outweighs the small amount of relevant information from a person's history, if we're going to draw conclusions about individual cases from statistics and encourage behaviour and decisions accordingly.

Loved freakonomics, and would recommend you read that instead, or anything by Malcolm Gladwell - more thought provoking, rigorous and generally entertaining than this boring monotony of repeated half-investigated statements.
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