PAINTING BY NUMBERS: How to sharpen your BS detector and smoke out the “experts”

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Using examples drawn from polling data, medicine, climate modeling, and more, PAINTING BY NUMBERS is the essential toolkit for evaluating the numbers that shape our lives. How well do you know what you think you know? If you’ve ever pored over election polling data, argued about climate change, or read an article describing the latest study on a topic you care about, PAINTING BY NUMBERS is for you. Written in an entertaining and approachable style and with humorous illustrations to help explain complex modeling concepts, PAINTING BY NUMBERS is an essential tool for making sense of the numbers shaping modern society.

“There’s a desperate need for every literate person to understand this.”
Dr. Elton McGoun, Accounting and Business Professor, Bucknell University

Stamp out numerical illiteracy at your local schools and neighborhoods!

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“I read it without stopping. Some examples are brilliant, some are hilarious. All are disturbingly relevant.”
– Mark Glaess, former Executive Director, Minnesota Rural Electric Commission
“What is truth? Pontius Pilate’s question echoes two millenia later as numbers have become the oracle where we seek the truth. But who is fact-checking- and method checking – the oracles? In the wake of 2016’s wrong predictions, Painting by Numbers provides a prescient look at why Pilate’s question remains unanswered.”
– Dr. Stephen Werner, Religious Educator, Author, and Social Philosopher
“The voice from this book lingers. I thought I normally questioned everything. Now I’m even more consciously aware.”
– Ronald Gombach, The Gombach Group &

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