Thinking Statistically [ebook]
Uri Bram, a recent Princeton graduate, has just published an ebook called Thinking Statistically. The book is aimed at conveying a few important statistical concepts (selection bias, endogeneity and correlation vs. causation, Bayes theorem and base rate neglect) to a general audience. The official product description:
This book will show you how to think like a statistician, without worrying about formal statistical techniques. Along the way we’ll see why supposed Casanovas might actually be examples of the Base Rate Fallacy; how to use Bayes’ Theorem to assess whether your partner is cheating on you; and why you should never use Mark Zuckerberg as an example for anything. See the world in a whole new light, and make better decisions and judgements without ever going near a t-test. Think. Think Statistically.
Less Wrong members will be familiar with these topics, but we should keep this book in mind as a convenient method of getting friends, relatives, acquaintances, and others interested in understanding rationality.
Eliezer’s An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes’ Theorem gets a shout-out in the Recommended Reading at the end.