Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on December 12, 2020

in Media, Seen and Unseen

… is from page 142 of the late Hans Rosling’s insightful 2018 book, Factfulness:

When I see a lonely number in a news report, it always triggers an alarm: What should this lonely number be compared to? What was that number a year ago? Ten years ago? What is it in a comparable country or region? And what should it be divided by? What is the total of which this is a part? What would this be per person? I compare the rates, and only then do I decide whether it really is an important number.

DBx: The heightened relevance today of this bit of wisdom is obvious.

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