Quote of the Day…

…is from page 81 of Charles Murray’s The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don’ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life:

All of the important evidence on topics such as global warming, income inequality, the effects of second hand smoke, or attempts to help disadvantaged children – topics you probably have opinions about – is quantitative and statistical. No one can have informed opinions about such topics without being able to appraise the evidence, which in turn requires a thorough understanding of probability and its calibration.