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Subject: Re: [TGF] Statistical evidence (was Social Commentary from beyondthe grave)
Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 20:11:04 +0000
Oh, Kim. I think you misinterpreted why I wrote what I did. I wasn't
arguing that we shouldn't pay attention to what the statistical evidence
offers. I only meant to convey that it was understandable way back when in
the 1700s that people who didn't have the Information Highway as we do,
might have a harder time dismissing the anecdotal evidence around them.
When even getting the innoculation against smallpox was even a horrific
thing, in a way, it's not hard to understand why someone would choose not
to in the hopes that they wouldn't have to deal with it at all.
I wasn't arguing against the statistics at all. I was only trying to offer
the human perspective on why people might have acted the way they did and
why we might be able to relate and understand.