Re: R: [anthroposophy] the gap between rich and poor
- In a message dated 9/18/2002 11:29:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time, evert.hoff@... writes:
You are quoting from the World Watch Institute. There is a book that I
would like to recommend that critically analyzed the statistics quoted
by the World Watch Institute.
The book is The Skeptical Environmentalist, by Bjorn Lomborg. The first
chapter can be downloaded for free from http://www.lomborg.com. The book
covers not only statistics about the environment, but also about
The author is a statistician. He has found that some environmental
organisations exaggerate the statistics and mislead people, and think
that it is justified, because they are fighting for a good cause.
However, misleading statistics doesn't help with improving poverty or
the environment, because it makes it impossible to determine which
actions have already been successful. Accurate statistics can give
momentum to much more positive and focused actions.
*******Yes, unfortunately in the debate of opinions there are people who want their opinion to win so much that they distort the statistics to make up their own 'facts'. Then everyone has to agree with their opinion because such-and-such is a 'fact'. I've become more and more skeptical over time about anything someone asserts to be a Fact. People who are so fanatic about their opinions are as if at war---and as the saying goes, In war, the first casualty is Truth.