Painting By Numbers: How to sharpen your BS detector and smoke out the

Painting By Numbers: How to sharpen your BS detector and smoke out the "experts"


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BETTER NUMERICAL LITERACY ISN'T JUST DESIRABLE; IT'S ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAINING A CIVIL, DEMOCRATIC, AND FREE SOCIETY In the public sphere, numbers are supposed to be more solid than words, less subjective. They are not. "The numbers don't lie," say experts. Yet they very often do. Numerical results are used to further the political, business, academic, and personal objectives of those who wield them.

In PAINTING BY NUMBERS, you get wisdom, humor, and twelve commandments anyone can apply to separate numerical BS from valid results. It will raise your numerical literacy, and that of your friends, family, colleagues, and students. Even PhDs have called PAINTING BY NUMBERS a "refreshing refresher," and "something every literate person needs to understand." Given polling controversies in the recent election, vociferous debate over climate change, economic meltdowns caused by bogus and fraudulent financial models, medical and health trends driven by dubious results from trials, even sports now managed by "numbers guys," better numerical literacy isn't just desirable; it's essential to sustaining a civil, democratic, and free society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998425900
Publisher: Blank Slate Communications, LLC
Publication date: 12/19/2016
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jason Makansi, author of four non-fiction books relating to business, energy/environmental issues, and mathematical modeling, has published short stories in a variety of literary journals and collections. He is a 2009 alumnus of the Sewanee Writers Conference, has reviewed short story collections for The Short Review, and is currently a contributing editor for River Styx literary journal and Associate Editor for December literary magazine. In his spare time, he plays the viola in community orchestras, plays piano for fun, and rides his bike as often as he can.

Elena graduated from Oberlin College where she majored in Environmental Studies. She is currently pursuing an MFA in illustration & Design from the University of Arizona. She is a writer, artist, and vegan/vegetarian cook. She is part of the K. Makansi trio of writers of THE SEEDS TRILOGY (currently optioned for film by an award-winning independent production company), and is working on her first solo novel, LUNA AND THE MIDNIGHT CAFE. She blogs and runs a Facebook page about vegetables and cooking and works part-time for an organization promoting farmers markets and local artisans. She has worked on illustrations for several non-fiction titles and has designed many book covers. THE SECRET OF THE SANTA BOX is her first children's picture book. 

Table of Contents

Preface i
Introduction xiii
1. Acknowledge Error 1
2: Identify Assumptions 10
3: Find the Weakest Link 16
4: Separate Past Performance from Future Results 24
5: Question the Picture 32
6: Understand the Business Model 40
7: Don't Confuse Feelings with Measurements 48
8: Suspect the Co(mpany) They Keep 53
9: Hold Credentials at Arms Length 66
10: Respect the Human Condition 71
11: Don't Start with the Answer 84
12: Don't Confuse Human Systems with
Physical Systems 91

Section II:
13. Applying the Commandments 96
14: The Daily Grind 99
15: Bending Gender Bias 103
16: Vote Early and Often 107
17: Thank You for Your Service 111
18: A Fair for All and No Fair to Anyone 117
19: 'Poll' Vaulting in Michigan 122
20: Mom Knows best-Or Does She? 128
21: Your Machine Will Crash In
Forty-Eight Hours 133
22: "Do You Like My Hat?" 139
Closing/postscript: Separation Anxiety 143
Appendix 1 148
Appendix 2 160

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