My daughter, a math – science person, loves this one-liner, “Have you heard about the statistician that drowned while crossing a river with an average depth of 4 feet?” Get it? Numbers can mess with us.
(Honestly, doesn’t he look like that bad guy on Lost?)
Right now (Nov 2013) we are living in the backwash of the PEW study on American Jews. So while I will continue to share useful information with you, I’d need to break it up with some humor.
Here my current favorite quote – both what he SAID and what I thought he said.
Conrad Hackett of PEW Research tweeted:
Being a statistician means never having to say you’re certain.
What I heard in my head:
Being a statistic means never having to say you’re certain.
Both make me laugh. Numbers are interesting. They give us snapshots of our community; snapshots that in real time immediately move on. They are worth knowing. But they are not alive. All the individuals living in interfaith relationships are people. All of YOU are living in real time with me. Nevermind the stats, contact me if you need some help.
Now go do a Sudoku puzzle.