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Thomas Sowell
(30 Jun 1930 - )

American economist.

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All statements are true, if you are free to redefine their terms.
— Thomas Sowell
'Penetrating the Rhetoric', The Vision of the Anointed (1996), 102.
Science quotes on:  |  Statement (26)  |  Statistics (74)

All things are the same except for the differences, and different except for the similarities.
— Thomas Sowell
'Penetrating the Rhetoric', The Vision of the Anointed (1996), 102.
Science quotes on:  |  Difference (129)  |  Similarity (14)

Any policy is a success by sufficiently low standards and a failure by sufficiently high standards.
— Thomas Sowell
'Penetrating the Rhetoric', The Vision of the Anointed (1996), 102.
Science quotes on:  |  Failure (55)  |  Policy (10)  |  Standard (15)  |  Success (110)

Any statistics can be extrapolated to the point where they show disaster.
— Thomas Sowell
'Penetrating the Rhetoric', The Vision of the Anointed (1996), 102.
Science quotes on:  |  Disaster (14)  |  Statistics (74)

For every expert there is an equal and opposite expert, but for every fact there is not necessarily an equal and opposite fact.
— Thomas Sowell
'Penetrating the Rhetoric', The Vision of the Anointed (1996), 102.
Science quotes on:  |  Expert (16)  |  Fact (311)  |  Opposite (20)

Most variables can show either an upward or downward trend, depending on the base year chosen.
— Thomas Sowell
'Penetrating the Rhetoric', The Vision of the Anointed (1996), 102.
Science quotes on:  |  Statistics (74)  |  Trend (7)  |  Variable (5)

The law of diminishing returns means that even the most beneficial prinicple will become harmful if carried far enough.
— Thomas Sowell
'Penetrating the Rhetoric', The Vision of the Anointed (1996), 102.
Science quotes on:  |  Statistics (74)

The same set of statistics can produce opposite conclusions at different levels of aggregation.
— Thomas Sowell
'Penetrating the Rhetoric', The Vision of the Anointed (1996), 102.
Science quotes on:  |  Conclusion (73)  |  Opposite (20)  |  Statistics (74)

You can always create a fraction by putting one variable upstairs and another variable downstairs, but that soes not establish any causal relationship between them, nor does the resulting quotient have any necessary relationship to anything in the real world.
— Thomas Sowell
'Penetrating the Rhetoric', The Vision of the Anointed (1996), 103.
Science quotes on:  |  Fraction (4)  |  Statistics (74)


Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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