Quotable #48: Prophesy

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“Our present addiction to pollsters and forecasters is a symptom of our chronic uncertainty about the future. Even when the forecasts prove wrong, we still go on asking for them. We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.” — Eric Hoffer, cited in Between the Devil and the Dragon: The Best Essays and Aphorisms of Eric Hoffer, 1982

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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3 Responses to Quotable #48: Prophesy

  1. craftysurf says:

    That’s a gnarly way to describe statistics, but entrails work 🤔👍

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Some things never change!

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  3. anne leueen says:

    The forecasters are now the “oracle” that we consult for visions of what is to come.

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