a subset of stuff George Will does not understand about science

  • An average alone is not sufficient to quantify a statistical distribution.
  • Two points are not, in general, sufficient to characterize a trend.
  • Fluctuation and variation in a dataset is normal and should be expected.
  • Experimentally, a single counterexample is not sufficient to invalidate a hypothesis.
  • Repeatable counterexamples, however, are.
  • Data showing temporal variation on two dramatically different timescales indicate that two different processes influence the data.

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