Gavin Giles

Why the Plural of Anecdote is not Data

February 18, 2012 // 3 Comments

By: Gavin Giles, Twitter A common theme when I see bad science on the TV or internet is the personal testimony pitch – for me, this holds about as much water as a bucket with no bottom, but not everyone knows why anecdotes do not count as evidence. When talking to people about alternative medicine or psychics, I always get told “but it worked for me, how can you explain that?” It can be explained very easily actually – if I went around to a large enough number of people and [...]