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Nate Silver Will Answer Your Questions
Published on November 14, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at Deadspin, American Hero Nate Silver responds to reader questions.

My favorite exchange:

Q.: Nate - Who gave the most ridiculous refutations of your work? Old school baseball guys, or GOP media a couple weeks ago?

A.: It's MUCH worse in politics, I think:

1) People in sports will make lots of silly refutations of your arguments. But they do tend to deal with your arguments, rather than attack your character or your integrity.

2) A lot of people in politics operate in a "post-truth" worldview, whether they realize it or not. Less of that in sports.

3) In sports, scouts actually contribute a lot of value, even though statistics are highly useful as well. In politics, the pundits are completely useless at best, and probably harm democracy in their own small way.

He also describes himself as part of the War on Bullshit.

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