Pitfalls of Thinking: Anecdotal Evidence

C0nc0rdance — Relying on anecdotes is intuitively a bad idea, but why? When we rely on a very small sample of outcomes, the results may not represent the population as a whole. This is the basis of gambling, alternative medicine, and it's something that science based medicine has very carefully removed from the process. We trust statistics because they are more descriptive and predictive than anecdotes.

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