Here are some very nice postings to read (I have read all of them, so I can say they are really interesting 🙂 ):
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Matt Parker discusses the power of statistics to say what one would like to hear:
By their very nature, statistics can only be misused when the audience doesn’t bother checking them. Statistics are just a numerical summary of evidence that has been collected. They give people the starting point to delve directly into that evidence and see if the arguments hold together.
A nice summary of why none should believe numbers without checking them.
Just a quick link to the videos of the COASP (Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing) held from August 22 to August 24, 2010 in Prague (Czech Republic). Enjoy!