Category: quotes

  • Anarchist bookshop

    Anarchist bookshop

    I am going to open an anarchist bookshop but with franchise potential. Amber in Dating Amber

  • Infrequent doesn’t disprove

    Infrequent doesn’t disprove

    There is no logical warrant for considering an event known to occur in a given hypothesis, even if infrequently, as disproving the hypothesis. Joseph Berkson in “Tests of significance considered as evidence”. Journal of the American Statistical Association 37: 325-335.

  • Night


    All human thought, all science, all religion, is the holding of a candle to the night of the universe. The Black Book of Clark Ashton Smith

  • Not a contribution to science

    Not a contribution to science

    Null hypotheses of no difference are usually known to be false before the data are collected … when they are, their rejection or acceptance simply reflects the size of the sample and the power of the test, and is not a contribution to science Savage 1957 cited by Nelder 1999 “From Statistics to Statistical Science”.…

  • The data may not contain the answer

    The data may not contain the answer

    The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body of data. John W Tukey in Sunset Salvo. 1986. The American Statistician 40(1): 72-76.