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#390 of 391 Re: Just thought I would reply [skywatcher1973]
Jan 21, 2011 (10:24 am)
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#391 of 391 Re: Oh, a good one !!! [zaken1]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jan 22, 2011 (8:58 am)
we also have a classic example of why sales figures have ZERO correlation to objective reality.
Late to the show... just saw this and all I can say is "AMEN."
I've got someone trying to sell me on their program, citing the number of members, stating that "X number of people CAN'T be wrong."
Well, in any scenario, this is statistically an impossibility, and the reverse is true - X number of people must be wrong.
Let's say, for example (purely fictional numbers), that 20 million people look at the Toyota Camry. Of those, 5 million buy the Camry. Can Toyota say that because they have high sales numbers that "5 million people can't be wrong?" If volume is the major indicator of product quality, then surely the 5 million people ARE wrong, because 15 million people chose something else.
I've heard this fallacious argument used a number of times in an attempt to "peer pressure" others, and always want to ask, if X million people CAN'T be wrong, please explain how X million people following Hitler was right. (extreme, but it does show that number of advocates does not relate to being "right.")