Victory for math over instinct: Number crunchers win with election, storm computer forecasts

  • Article by: SETH BORENSTEIN , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 10, 2012 - 6:34 PM
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cosmic_jesusNov. 10, 12 6:01 PM

Through their idolization of supply-side economics, climate change denial, evolution denial, social/culture wars, and conspiracy fetishism, conservatives have been so relentlessly positioning themselves in opposition to reason, data, and science that they have built a cognitive buffer that effectively shields them from reality. The election results were a great case study because it provided a point-in-time reality check that brought their thinly constructed fantasy crashing down. Good overview of it here: http://bit.ly/W0l9VV

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dtmonkeyboyNov. 10, 12 6:52 PM

I work in statistics and am always amazed how many people refuse to believe it indeed does predict events. When I tell them that I can be 99% confident of an outcome based on a random sample will occur....they often want to tell me I can not know that from a sample of just 1500 people...but indeed I can if the sample is representative. It is not emotional, it is not political...it is mathematical!!!!

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dtmonkeyboyNov. 10, 12 6:57 PM

Cosmic_Jesus...you are correct. The right can't understand why they lost. They keeping wanting to blame media, or pollsters or blame it on fraud and conspiracy. In other words they are blaming the messengers. The truth is demographics have changed. The climate has changed and new computer models have predicted these changes....so then they blamed the models. At some point you have to see reality.

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datelessnerdNov. 10, 12 7:22 PM

The amazing thing is the anti-science, anti-intellectual crowd never seems to learn. The instant another study confirms global warming, the denier trolls will be here in force.

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