A fast spreading new religion

After 17 years of interacting with physicians, I have come to realize that many of them are adherents of a religion they call Statistics. Statistics refers to the seeking out and interpretation of p values. Like any good religion, it involves vague mysteries capable of contradictory and irrational interpretation. It has a priesthood and a class of mendicant friars. And it provides Salvation: Proper invocation of the religious dogmas of Statistics will result in publication in prestigious journals.

David S. Salsburg, The American Statistician The Religion of Statistics as Practiced in Medical Journals Volume 39, Number 3, August 1985 (p. 220)


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