Two religions – “Humanism” & “Scientism” – have reared their ugly heads. And then the bioethicist weighs in with, “And their nexus shall be probabilism, since in the absence of certainty, probability will do!”

This explains the perceived necessity for the rise of the data collectors… for want of something measurable, quantifiable. Which can predict human behavior, in the manner of the seasoned psychometrician whose principal concern is to analyze those data dots… so as to fashion arresting computer models… using statistics.

Bill Gates admittedly said, not long ago, he was utterly fascinated by this subject – how to lie with statistics.

So do tell, Billy – why so?”

From “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds” (1841), by Charles Mackay, comes this text which appears as a footnote within his 7th chapter… titled “the Magnetisers.”

An enthusiastic philosopher, of whose name we are not informed, had constructed a very satisfactory theory of some subject or other, and was not a little proud of it.

”But the facts, my dear fellow,” said his friend, “the facts do not agree with your theory.”

“Don’t they?” replied the philosopher, shrugging his shoulders. “Then, tant pis pour la faits;” – so much the worse for the facts!

Science fraud is rife and a daily fact of life in today’s COMMUNITARIAN world. This is tantamount to seeing organized crime run amok, and so seemingly out of anyone’s control – save yourself.