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What Headlines Would Look Like If We Lived in a Mathematically Literate World

Posted: 12/04/2013 5:51 pm

Our World: Market Rebounds after Assurances from Fed Chair
Mathematically Literate World: Market Rebounds after Regression to the Mean

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Our World: Firm's Meteoric Rise Explained by Daring Strategy, Bold Leadership
Mathematically Literate World: Firm's Meteoric Rise Explained by Good Luck, Selection Bias

Our World: Gas Prices Hit Record High (Unadjusted for Inflation)
Mathematically Literate World: Gas Prices Hit Record High (In a Vacuous, Meaningless Sense)

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Our World: Psychologists Tout Surprising New Findings
Mathematically Literate World: Psychologists Promise to Replicate Surprising New Findings Before Touting Them

Our World: After Switch in Standardized Tests, Scores Drop
Mathematically Literate World: After Switch in Standardized Tests, Scores No Longer Directly Comparable

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Our World: Controversial Program Would Cost $50 Million in Taxpayer Money
Mathematically Literate World: Controversial Program Would Cost 0.0001 Percent of Taxpayer Money

Our World: Proposal Would Tax $250,000-Earners at 40 Percent
Mathematically Literate World: Proposal Would Tax $250,000-Earners' Very Last Dollar, and That Dollar Alone, at 40 Percent

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Our World: Poll Finds 2016 Candidates Neck and Neck
Mathematically Literate World: Poll Finds 2016 Predictions Futile, Absurd

Our World: One Dead in Shark Attack; See Tips for Shark Safety Inside
Mathematically Literate World: One Dead in Tragic, Highly Unlikely Event; See Tips for Something Useful Inside

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Our World: Local Heat Wave Seen as Sign of Global Warming
Mathematically Literate World: Local Heat Wave Not Seen as Meaningful Indicator of Global Trends

Our World: Veteran Baseball Player Enjoys Breakout Month
Mathematically Literate World: Veteran Baseball Player Enjoys Transient Good Fortune

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Our World: Market Share for Electric Cars Triples
Mathematically Literate World: Market Share for Electric Cars Rises to 0.4 Percent

Our World: Still No Scientific Consensus on Global Warming
Mathematically Literate World: Still 90 Percent Scientific Consensus on Global Warming

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Our World: Rates of Cancer Approach Historic High
Mathematically Literate World: Rates of Surviving Long Enough to Develop Cancer Approach Historic High

Our World: Hollywood Breaks Box Office Records with Explosions, Rising Stars
Mathematically Literate World: Hollywood Breaks Box Office Records with Inflation, Rising Population

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Our World: Economist: "Eliminate Minimum Wage to Create Jobs, Improve Economy"
Mathematically Literate World: Economist: "Eliminate Minimum Wage, then Pray Our Model Has Some Basis in Reality"

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Our World: Average Football Player Earns $3 Million, Lasts 4 Years in NFL
Mathematically Literate World: Average Football Player Earns $0 Million, Lasts 4 Years in High School

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Our World: Politician Promises to Fund Math Education
Mathematically Literate World: Politician Promises to Fund, Meddle in Math Education

Our World: Illegal Downloaders Would Have Spent $300 Million to Obtain Same Music Legally
Mathematically Literate World: Illegal Downloaders Probably Would Not Have Bothered to Obtain Same Music Legally

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Our World: Unemployment Rate Jumps From 7.6 Percent to 7.8 Percent
Mathematically Literate World: Unemployment Rate Probably a Little Under 8 Percent; Maybe Rising, or Not, Can't Really Tell

Thanks for reading! If you can tolerate my drawings (a big "if"), you might also enjoy A Math Professor Consults on a Hollywood Movie and the economic satire 20 Steps for Trading Up from a Paper Clip to a House.

This first appeared on mathwithbaddrawings.com. You could also check out Fifty-Five Million, my new blog that aims to bring a math-literate perspective to education statistics.

 

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