Seed’s ScienceBlogger Question of the week is the following:

If you could shake the public and make them understand one scientific idea, what would it be?

My knee-jerk response was pretty obvious: “Evolution!” Sadly, John Lynch got there first.

Then I figured since I was the only mathematician here, I’d go with “Math!” No dice. P. Z. Myers beat me to it.

Well,I’m sticking with math. But let’s make it more concrete. I want people to understand that there is no law of averages. There are no laws of probability (at least not if you mean something like “Really improbable things don’t happen”). You can’t prove just anything with statistics. Math and music actually aren’t that closely related. Math and arithmetic are not the same thing. And, oh yes, in the Monty Hall Problem you double your chances of winning by switching doors.

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