Numbers are tools,
Numbers are symbols
for things; the number and the thing are not the same.
Skill in manipulating
numbers is a talent, not evidence of divine guidance.
Like other occult
techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon
deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.
The product of an
arithmetical computation is the answer to an equation; it is not the
solution to a problem.
of theorems that do not have arithmetical bases prove nothing.
"As far as the laws
of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they
are certain, they do not refer to reality."
-- Albert Einstein
"Those who have knowledge don't predict. Those who
predict don't have knowledge."
-- Lao Tzu, a 6th century BC poet
"...Every era has its clowns, its heroes, its
fools...and its winners and its losers. Often, the honorable among them are
sent to the scaffold; the dishonorable go into politics..."
-- Bill Bonner
"Wall Street has always made its best money introducing
people who should not sell securities to people who should not buy them. A
person who buys stock on the unsupported word of an analyst is not an
investor; he's a sucker."
- Thomas G. Donlan, Barron's
Online, June 18, 2001