This book is a good read for people
who would like to educate themselves about how companies, medical researchers,
and really any business, use tricks or “statistics” to sell their products or
get a good reputation for them. The author can really elaborate on his subjects
he touches on, including details that make the information easier to consume.
Sometimes data can be selectively chosen to best suit the reputation the
company or business would like to achieve. This knowledge can help you
understand the news or media more intelligently by revealing how data can be
compiled and interpreted.
Businesses can advertise their
products to be the best for every human but not every human can react to
certain medicines the same. Their sample sizes could also be small or even
biased at times. It’s not always a bad idea to question certain things you hear
or read. For example, everything on the internet was written by another human
being just like you who is also capable of making mistakes. I’m not saying that
everything on the internet is wrong, just that it doesn’t hurt to question
things you are trying to educate yourself on.
It is also possible that data could
be discarded until the business achieves the desired results. The experiment conducted
could be performed several times until results are perceived to be great or
excellent. The way the data is compiled could affect the way it is interpreted.
There are 3 different ways to collect data for an average. Those being mean,
median, and mode. These 3 ways can lead to very different results and even if
they were close together, the business can still choose the one that appears
best for them. They could reduce their sample sizes to increase their chances
of reaching better results.
In certain paragraphs or subjects
the author talks about, he includes a little too many details that derails the
reader from their train of thought causing them to reread the details over to
see how exactly it fits into the subject at hand. Although, in some cases the
author does include not only his information or perspective, but he also gives
you the questions you should be asking yourself, so you wouldn’t be dependent
on his information alone. This way you can start making your own decisions and
you can lead yourself down the path to interpreting the information and forming
your own opinion.