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From a correspondent: "Of course we want to keep children safe. But exposure to normal stresses and strains is vital for their future wellbeing"
abelard's response is a commentary on the linked news item:
This is certainly an improvement on most of the rubbish posted by the Groaniad.
Nassim Taleb is among a few commentators who have a firm logic foundation.
'Balance' should be more emphasised.
Figures are often unreliable because of reporting shifts.
In a world where people are breeding at less than replacement
rates,the individual child becomes far more 'precious'.
In a family of three children, one death is 30%. In a family with 10 children, one death is 10%.
The worship of numbers is a form of idolatry (believing that the are proof, for example).
What is the average of 49 and 51?
With Gini numbers,
Always ask whether Gini numbers apply to capital (wealth) or income, and
If there is a greater proportion of billionaires in a country and you use 5%, you are likely to have very different results than if you compare 20%;
all governments lie with stats.
Some even stuff ballot boxes, while others control all the media.
Do you really believe a statistic coming out of China is of the same quality of one coming out of Britain, the USA, or even the EUSSR and, thereby, safely comparable?
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