The philosopher Karl Popper (1902-1994) once defined three kinds of truths: absolute, objective and subjective. He also stated that it's unlikely that we will ever be able to find evidence for an absolute truth. Indeed, there are often exceptions to any "rule". Usually, time will reveal even more exceptions. If even the truth is relative, is there anything absolute?...
Absolute vs Relative
12 Aug, 2020
This week, I noticed a Sydney Morning Herald article with the title: "Australia's death rate 'extremely low' despite recent surge". Finally, eyes are opening to Covid-19 reality: the virus may be (very) infectious but its death rate is extremely low. See my diagram below for details. Lately, I noticed various articles wondering why the high number of infected people...
9 Jul, 2020
Recently, my barber made an astute observation: a coronavirus fatality rate of 0.05% equals a coronavirus survival rate of 99.95%. In his view, the 99.95% says more than the 0.05% while both numbers are each other's reciprocal. Again, the danger of using absolute or relative numbers (see part 1 of this blog series). On July 4, Donald Trump claimed that 99% of...
7 Jul, 2020
I was surprised by the outcome of my blog of last Thursday. The low relative number gave a very different (macro) perspective than its high absolute (micro) number. It's too easy (for me) to blame the media or the source of those numbers. I think, feel and believe that our presenting of either absolute or relative numbers is a...
19 Jun, 2018
Recently, an Aeon article made me aware of a new concept: absolute thinking. Whenever you read random online comments, you quickly discover this concept: (very) simplified comments to (very) complex issues. Possibly, such comments express irony, or are provocations for creating angry responses ("trolling"). The problem is that "human beings, regardless...
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