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Dec 10
19:00 - 21:00
pubTALK - Lies, Fake News, and Statistics

Browse your social media feed, turn on the TV, or open your news website of choice - chances are it won't be long before you come across a story based on a statistic. Maybe it's that '70% of married women have cheated on their partners' (The Washington Post) or that '32,000 people in the US die from gun violence every year' (tweet by US Senator Tammy Baldwin) or that 'One in five British Muslims sympathise with Jihadis' (The Sun).

The news is full of numbers for a good reason: numbers and statistics are vital to understanding what's really going on in the world. But they can also be deceptive. In the wrong hands, they can easily end up giving us a distorted picture of reality. In this talk, based on his new book Critical Statistics: Behind the Headlines, Robert de Vries will show how understanding a few simple tricks and some basic statistical concepts can help us see the truth behind the numbers in the news.

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The Old Buttermarket,
United Kingdom


Open to Anyone over the age of 18 years old.,

Entry is free of charge.

Contact: Victoria Schoen
T: 01227 827716
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