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My statement 'Then we'll have to disagree that "unlikely" is based on statistics' was an
attempt at saying "unlikely" was not a statistical statement since RMS had no stats either.
Posted Dec 21, 2007 10:10 UTC (Fri) by felixfix (subscriber, #242)
I don't know who is denser, you for continually misunderstanding plain English, or me for
feeding the troll.
RMS made a statistical assertion. You tried to refute it with anecdotes.
This is as nonsensical as using science to prove religion. You are not operating in any
reality which has any relationship with plain ordinary English. Whether or not he had any
statistics to back up his statistical assertion is completely irrelevant to the question of
your nonsensical attempt to refute it without statistics.
"It's unlikely that anyone would voluntarily eat pig excrement."
"Divine voluntarily ate pig excrement in Pink Flamingos."
The second statement, an anecdote, does nothing to prove or disprove the statistical assertion
of the first statement.
Or from the opposite point of view:
"It's unlikely that anyone would drink milk."
"I know someone who drank milk once."
Ditto on the relevance of the second statement to proving or disproving the first statement.
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