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January 04, 2017


Some years ago, Stephen Colbert coined the term “truthiness,” something that has the aura of truth because it just feels like the truth.

When it comes to making a point, numbers have a special appeal, no doubt because they appear to offer objective neutrality. But the accumulation of numbers, the use of data, often merely approximates truth, offering “data-ness” as the numerical equivalence of truthiness.