This very wonderful video explaining the difference between statistical trend and variation could be the key to explaining to those climate-change skeptics (I know, I know, there are still skeptics?! It’s crazy!) in your life why even though it might’ve been “really really cold” this last winter (even perhaps colder than usual), that this is not proof that climate change isn’t real. I love simple explanations that everyone can understand, and frankly, I wish there were more of them. Having said that, I also think that we should mistrust simple solutions to complex problems, so I might be confusing my own logic here. Oh I know — trend and variation aren’t a complex problem! A simple problem solved with a simple solution!

Alternatively, you could use this to educate people on how fun statistics is! No? Oh.

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