Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Math: Why humans and ideology are stupid

Be careful of sides and belonging and well, it doesn't matter which side of the plane you are sitting, there is still only one direction and sway as much as you want, lean all the way to the left or right, but the vehicle is heavier than your ideals and will hold its perpetuation whilst in the air, you are bargained into arguing over whose side has the more distinct view.

I give one warning though, in the play of numbers and most certainly the power of statistics.

one of the most common statistical arguments from the left; one which sound abhorrent and provoking is the statistics relating to thge distribution of wealth.

This argument states that 99% of wealth is situated in the hands of 1% of the population. This sounds catastrophic and makes me feel scorned and a little bit less responsible for my compounding guilt for my increasing credit appendage. I and we imagine 5 or 6 slimy men in fancy suits smoking fine cigars, maybe killing a hooker or two. hey, we all saw Eyes Wide Shut, we know its what the 1% do to get it up.

Now when one applies imple math to this statistic, one will see that in fact 99% of the world's wealth is in the hands of 1% of the population, 700 million people.

Hmmmmmmm.... Not quite as affecting is it?

That 700 million. that's twice the size of The US, six times the size of Brazil and well, 400 times the size of Australia. That 1%, that's you, me and a whole hell of a lot of other people.

But it does look fancy on signs.

This was not a political stance or a fiscal fist. Just an example of how math is used to dumben your sight and have you participate as an angried peacock waving your moral feathers.

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