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Barry Glassner's book 'The Culture of Fear' goes through a litany of these
kinds of things.
Isn't this a point made about the stock market as well- that if you look at
a long enough period of time all you find is random distributions of rises
and falls, and no clear indication that people actually doing anything has
anything to do with stockmarket peaks and troughs.
Ah well, economists are simply snake-charmers in better suits...
> From: Wade T.Smith
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> On 04/18/01 08:49, Vincent Campbell said this-
> >There's another reason for this apparent pattern you've not considered-
> >these events were entirely unrelated causally, but only related by the
> >running with a number of conincidental cases, presenting it as part of a
> >trend, and over-stating their own involvement in the events.
> Finding statistical patterns is a chancy and often errant business, and
> assuming you have a random sample is also hard. MIT just did a study of
> sickness distribution in Massachusetts that refuted the anecdotal and
> reported clusters of disease in the areas of historical industrial waste,
> finding instead that with only one exception, the distributions were all
> within chance occurance.
> Remember there is always an agenda....
> - Wade
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