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Numeracy and the Media: is it a Lost Cause?

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I shall look at the portrayal of numbers in the news, with particular attention to risk stories of the ‘cats cause cancer’ variety, and the use of ghastly statistical graphics. After (with luck) getting some cheap laughs, I shall consider whether things are getting better or worse, and make a few tentative suggestions for how we all might help.

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