We’re really bad at reality

Have you ever tried to mock up the outcome from a series of coin flips? It turns out that we are horrible at simulating randomness. But as a great article in Nautilus vividly illustrates, we’re also horrible at accepting randomness. …when video games truly play by the rules, the player can feel cheated. Sid Meier, […]

What are school tests trying to measure?

I’ve just started reading The Lady Tasting Tea, the story of statistics in/and modern science. But one of the early examples has gotten me thinking – how would a scientist go about testing the general intelligence/retained knowledge of a group of students? Given: Whatever we measure is really part of a random scatter, whose probabilities […]

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