Basic Foundation · Logic and Debate

Statistics vs Personal Experience

One of the most frustrating events that I encounter when debating topics goes roughly as follows: Me: Data indicates that 90% of cats are shy. Other person: I had a cat when I was a kid that was friendly with everybody! The reason it particularly annoys me is I’m a mathematician. I’ve studied statistics, taught… Continue reading Statistics vs Personal Experience

Economics · Politics

Throwing Money At a Problem Doesn’t (Necessarily) Fix It

One of the consistent cries we hear from people who want to see more money allocated to various programs is that, “We need more money to fix [favorite program]!” Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t always work. The Idea The idea is simple: if a program/department/whatever is failing to achieve desired goals, it is probably caused… Continue reading Throwing Money At a Problem Doesn’t (Necessarily) Fix It

Basic Foundation · Logic and Debate

On Math and Worldviews

Mathematics gives us tools to do a lot of different things. Physicists use calculus to explain the motion of objects. Electrical engineers use differential equations to process signals. Psychologists and sociologists use statistics to analyze and understand human behavior. Even computer scientists use mathematical logic to understand the limits of programming. I intend to use… Continue reading On Math and Worldviews