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Ted Talks Quotes: Statistics and Probability

Ted Talks - Statistics and Probability

I think if our students, if our high school students — if all American citizens — knew about probability and statistics, we wouldn’t be in the economic mess that we’re in today. — Arthur Benjamin

The number-one cause of death in children under five? Water-borne diseases? Diarrhea? Malnutrition? No: It’s breathing the smoke from indoor cooking fires — acute respiratory infections. Over two million deaths every year. — Amy Smith

There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas. — Susan Cain

If we study what is merely average, we will remain merely average. — Shawn Achor

From the perspective of climate change, the average urban dweller in the U.S. has about 1/3 the carbon footprint of the average suburban dweller. — Ellen Dunham-Jones

The U.N. now says that one out of three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. We’re talking about the desecration of the primary resource of the planet. — Eve Ensler

Humans in the developed world spend more than 90% of their lives indoors, where they breathe in and come into contact with trillions of life forms invisible to the naked eye: microorganisms. — Jessica Green

Boys are 30% more likely than girls to drop out of school. In Canada, five boys drop out for every three girls. Girls outperform boys now at every level, from elementary school to graduate school. — Philip Zimbardo

The typical American reports making about 70 choices in a typical day. — Sheena Iyengar


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