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Thought Stack: Design Principles, Mental Models, & Cognitive Biases

Jun 18, 2017

We need to stop using statistics to communicate with the public.

Don’t get me wrong, statistics is a valuable tool for certain applications. Informing the public is not one of those applications.

You might be thinking, “That’s a little extreme...why?”


The average (mode) of society is not statistically literate enough to avoid being manipulated.

To combat this, I recommend you read How To Lie With Statistics to get a basic understanding of how people, organizations, and even governments use statistics to further their own agendas.

Make sure you check out the full article at