**Professor Andrea Saltelli**

Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT), University of Bergen (UIB, Norway),

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Open Evidence Research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Barcelona

**What can we learn from the debate on statistical significance?**

The statistical community is in the midst of crisis whose latest convulsion is a petition to abolish the concept of significance. The problem is perhaps neither with significance, nor with statistics, but with the inconsiderate way we use numbers, and with our present approach to quantification. Unless the crisis is resolved, there will be a loss of consensus in scientific arguments, with a corresponding decline of public trust in the findings of science. Continue reading