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Why Statistics Give Us a False Sense of Security

Philip Bobbitt
Board of Contributors
Jan 13, 2016 | 08:00 GMT

Whenever an atrocity is committed by terrorists attacking citizens in the West -- a carefully chosen limitation -- editorial writers and political commentators are quick to provide the statistical equivalent of Alka-Seltzer: Take a couple of these complacency tablets and by morning you'll have forgotten whatever it was that upset you in the first place....

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