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From the Ted Talk by Alan Smith: Why you should love statistics

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So extraordinary variations, and surprising to some, but not surprising to people who have read the work of ______ Kahneman, for example, the Nobel-winning _________. He and his _________, Amos Tversky, _____ years ___________ this disjoint between what people perceive and the reality, the fact that people are actually ______ poor intuitive _____________. And there are many reasons for this. Individual experiences, certainly, can influence our perceptions, but so, too, can things like the media reporting things by exception, rather than what's normal. Kahneman had a nice way of referring to that. He said, "We can be blind to the obvious" — so we've got the numbers wrong — "but we can be blind to our blindness about it." And that has enormous repercussions for decision making.

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Original Text

So extraordinary variations, and surprising to some, but not surprising to people who have read the work of Daniel Kahneman, for example, the Nobel-winning economist. He and his colleague, Amos Tversky, spent years researching this disjoint between what people perceive and the reality, the fact that people are actually pretty poor intuitive statisticians. And there are many reasons for this. Individual experiences, certainly, can influence our perceptions, but so, too, can things like the media reporting things by exception, rather than what's normal. Kahneman had a nice way of referring to that. He said, "We can be blind to the obvious" — so we've got the numbers wrong — "but we can be blind to our blindness about it." And that has enormous repercussions for decision making.

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