Why do people who think math is just something humans evolved to relate to our world (and has only an accidental relationship with correctness) think it is important if statistics are just made up?
Clearly they do care (language warning), as is evident from an interview with stats critic Tim Harford More or Less at Vice:
All of this is more relevant now than ever before, because most news operations are 24-hour rolling cycles, where press releases, particularly those from official-sounding bodies, may be posted unchecked. The shared parental-leave story ended up being analyzed by politicians and comment writers, and everything they were saying was based on utter, utter bullshit. And that’s just traditional news sources. Increasingly, we are getting our information from Facebook memes and social media, and those statistics are even less verified. More.
Generally speaking, naturalism is bad for science, and that conundrum demonstrates the fact.
See also: Barry Arrington: How did mathematics come to be woven into the fabric of reality?
Also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (the human mind)
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