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Masquerading as Rigorous Science

In our days, serious arguments have been made from data. Beautiful, delicate theorems have been proved; although the connection with data analysis often remains to be established. And an enormous amount of fiction has been produced, masquerading as rigorous science.1 I would like to believe that, if only more statisticians wrote like David Freedman, we […]

Posner at His Best

This passage from today’s post on the Becker-Posner blog exemplifies the reasons why I have so much respect for Posner: As the campaigns progressed, a surprising number of conservatives switched their support to Obama. Thoughtful conservatives, already disturbed by the accumulation of blunders of the current Administration (the Iraq WMD, Katrina, the Justice Department scandals), […]