Of Storks, Statistics, and Cigarettes

More or Less presenter Tim Harford talks about deliberately misleading statistical analysis in the following Numberphile video. If you have nine minutes, you'll find why its essential to maintain a healthy skepticism of both claims and counterclaims based on statistical analysis.

If you're anywhere but the U.S. or Canada today, Tim's newest book, How to Make the World Add Up, is now available for sale. If you're in the U.S. or Canada, you'll have to wait until February 2021 to get a copy that will carry a different title: The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics, which can be pre-ordered at Amazon today.