Methodology and statistics classes are usually not really anyone’s favourite subjects. But you need to get your statistics straight in order to get a degree. One man got me hooked on statistics a couple years ago. I remember watching his TED talk in one of my first geography classes. What you can do with data amazed me. It almost became fun. Yesterday this man, Hans Rosling, past away. Like Naomi Klein, I wrote about yesterday, he has definitely been a scholar that got me interested in topics I didn’t know I liked.
Ever since I have always been critical of data and statistics. This week I wrote about questioning, caring for our planet and informing yourself. All include statistics and data. Those numbers are supposed to present difficult information in easy digestible bits of information. I don’t just assume an article is presenting you the one and only truth, just because it has a nice looking graph. In the end it is still numbers represented in a certain way, based upon choices by a fellow human being, driven by values, ideas and ideologies.
Yet in weeks in which political systems are questioned, news is fake and there are so-called judges, getting your statistics straight is more important than ever. Because if you want to argue your case, strong statistics can make your argument stronger. So invest in that statistics course and learn how to collect and analyse data. It’s a skill that is needed more than ever. And yes, that can be fun. Just watch a Hans Rosling video and you’ll probably agree with me.