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David R. Patrick Introductory Sociology (SOCI 1101) Charon and Vigilant Reader (CVR) Reading Questions: “Critical Thinking about Statistics” by Joel Best (reading #3) 1. How are stats like a “fetish?” Most people treat statistics as representations of the truth. Anthropologists call objects that have magical powers fetishes. 2. How does every statistic “reflect its creator’s choices?” All statistics are a particular person’s creation and therefore have some of their opinions attached to them 3. Describe each approach to statistics. Which does Best argue is most useful? Why? Naïve: Innocent and trusting.
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Unformatted text preview: Often presume that the numbers are generally accurate. Believe that the creators of statistics are genuine and sincere. Critical: They avoid the naïve and cynical. Analyze statistics with an open mind. Realize that statistics is not perfect. Ask questions to see if the statistics would change. Cynical: They do not trust numbers. They created statistics. Believe they promote their own interests. Best argues that the Critical approach is the best. 4. How can you be a better critic of statistics? Accept statistics at face value. Statistics is not perfect so understand they are not perfect....
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