The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science ends today in Boston. This year’s theme was: "The Beauty and Benefits of Science." One of the benefits of science is that it is eventually going to lead us to a way to slow down climate change.
Last week at a panel discussion Mark Berliner, a professor and chair of statistics at THE Ohio State University and a former co-chair of the American Statistical Association’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change Policy said, “an aversion to statistical thinking and probability is a significant reason that we haven’t enacted strategies to deal with climate change right now.”
It’s not because we are lazy and more interested in the immediate benefits (or lack of) for the choices we make everyday or because humans aren’t forward-thinking enough to handle big problems until we are forced to change or die. It’s just that we don’t really like to do any kind math.