Ok, quick lesson. While we are on the subject of bell curves and normal distributions, now is a good time to address generalizations and statistics. Someone who opposes your viewpoint will always come back with two (2) rebuttals:
1) GENERALIZATIONS: “Oh, you’re just generalizing. You can’t lump everyone together.”
2) STATISTICS: “Oh, anyone can make statistics show whatever they want to.”
Well, the truth is generalizations are why we have the mathematical field of statistics. They are accurate, but only when you realize there are distributions along a curve of some sort, not a flat line where everyone is the same. (That kind of thinking just shows ignorance of higher-order mathematics.) Math doesn’t lie. Statistics don’t lie either. Where the deception comes in is in the presentation of statistics. If the numbers are based on actual measurements and calculations, then they are accurate. It is how those statistics are presented that creates the desired effect on the human brain (or should we say sheeple brain). That is where the real cunning or unscrupulous application of statistics is made – all because a, well “dumb” person will not be able to put the information in the context of the big picture. It was purposely framed for them and will create a desired reaction in them. You could have 8 swine flu outbreaks in one week and say you had an 800% increase in one week, or you could show it in context of the bigger picture that 1000 people also died of normal flu that same week also. It’s not the accuracy of the statistics, it’s the delivery method and the psychological manipulation that it can create. After all, even quantum physicists use statistics to predict the location of electrons with great accuracy.
Bell curves are not created by man, they are a phenomenon of nature. We may rely on bell curves and statistics because it is sound science. Don’t let people merely denounce them and ignore their significance. We won’t get bogged down in tedious numbers and studies, but we will cast some large generalizations with a large paintbrush because the big picture is what is important here.
End of today’s lesson.