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John Allen Paulos

Data de nascimento: 4. Julho 1945

John Allen Paulos is an American professor of mathematics at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has gained fame as a writer and speaker on mathematics and the importance of mathematical literacy. Paulos writes about many subjects, especially of the dangers of mathematical innumeracy; that is, the layperson's misconceptions about numbers, probability, and logic. Wikipedia

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„There is no such thing as free lunch, and even if there were, there’d be no guarantee against indigestion.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 5, “Statistics, Trade-Offs, and Society” (p. 147)

„If we’re not keenly aware of the choices we’re making, we’re not likely to work for better ones.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 5, “Statistics, Trade-Offs, and Society” (p. 176)

„The universe acts on us, we adapt to it, and the notions that we develop as a result, including the mathematical ones, are in a sense taught us by the universe. Evolution has selected those of our ancestors (both human and not) whose behavior and thought were consistent with the workings of the universe.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Part 3 “Four Psycho-Mathematical Arguments”, Chapter 4 “The Universality Argument (and the Relevance of Morality and Mathematics)” (p. 131)
Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don’t Add Up (2008)

„Correlation and causation are two quite different words, and the innumerate are more prone to mistake them than most.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 5, “Statistics, Trade-Offs, and Society” (p. 159)

„To follow foolish precedents, and wink with both eyes, is easier than to think.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 3, “Pseudoscience” (p. 67; quoting William Cowper)

„The whole weight of science is the prima facie evidence against a miracle having occurred.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Part 2 “Four Subjective Arguments”, Chapter 5 “The Argument from Interventions (and Miracles, Prayers, and Witnesses)” (p. 88)
Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don’t Add Up (2008)

„Almost any bunkum has some partial validity, and we regularly read into the confusing mess what we want to see.“

—  John Allen Paulos, livro A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Conclusion (p. 202)
A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (1995)

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„There’s always enough random success to justify almost anything to someone who wants to believe.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 2, “Probability and Coincidence” (p. 44)

„The fashion pages have always puzzled me. In my smugly ignorant view, the articles appear to be so full of fluff and nonsense as to make the astrology columns seem insightful by comparison.“

—  John Allen Paulos, livro A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Fonte: A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (1995), Chapter 40, “Top Designs for the Busy Working Woman” (p. 173)

„For the record, natural selection is a highly nonrandom process that acts on the genetic variation produced by random mutation and genetic drift and results in those organisms with more adaptive traits differentially surviving and reproducing.“

—  John Allen Paulos

Part 1 “Four Classical Arguments”, Chapter 2 “The Argument from Design (and Some Creationist Calculations)” (p. 19)
Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don’t Add Up (2008)

„There are, of course, innumerable abuses, countless possible misinterpretations, and depressingly many biased studies, but, done right, the process works; it yields knowledge.“

—  John Allen Paulos, livro A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Fonte: A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (1995), Chapter 42, “New Survey Reveal Changing Attitudes” (p. 180)

„There is a fine line between public expressions of faith and aggressive declarations thereof, and religious tolerance is inversely proportional to the latter.“

—  John Allen Paulos, livro A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

Fonte: A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (1995), Chapter 50, “Which Way Mecca?” (p. 198)

„Bad things happen periodically, and they’re going to happen to somebody. Why not you?“

—  John Allen Paulos

Fonte: Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences (1988), Chapter 4, “Whence Innumeracy?” (p. 110)

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