I will be writing some reflections on our two workshop sessions on this blog soon, but for now, here are just the slides I used on Thursday, 22 September. If you wish to ask a question of any of the speakers, use the blogpost at phil-stat-wars.com. The slides from the other speakers will also be up there on Monday.
Deborah G. Mayo’s. Slides from the workshop: The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties, Session 1, on September 22, 2022.
Peter Singer recently complained during an interview that philosophers ought to
Involve themselves more in things that matter. A critic thought differently about that. I don’t know that statistics war matters, or whether anyone can do anything about it if it does. Culture war, if such even qualifies as ‘war’, is a different problem. Yet, here again is a problem, probably not solvable by philosophy, as we know it. If this sounds harsh, it is not intended that way. I would encourage error statisticians to find ways to make differences that make differences. I am not an error statistician. I just do the best I can with what I have and know. Good luck to us all!
Thanks for the helpful slides Deborah. I’m a biologist and a theorist who seems to befriend statisticians (I.D.J. Bross for 35 years, Roger Day for 14 years to present). We theoreticians need a knife in our sides to keep us honest, and I can’t imagine what would replace error control to do that. The reputation of theory is still quite poor in the biomedical sciences, perhaps because quantitative outlook on biological phenomena is seen as less important than biological doctrine from within disciplines. It’s the outlook that should be sacrosanct.