My occupation is a statistician. I tell people it is like "CSI without dead bodies" because examining a set of data that has been collected is like doing an autopsy on a deceased person in the sense that I'm trying to learn what I can from what information is available. Except in this case the information does not involve gross things. For me the process can be humorous, scary, but always captivating.
Chris Hayes at The Nation Magazine and at Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC has written a book called Twilight of the Elites: America After the Meritocracy on how ivory tower elites alienate the rest of the American Public on all sides of the political spectrum. That discussion which can be seen above with the The Nation's editor Katrina vanden Heuvel coincides with the point of this blog.
Here I use examples from real life to explain complicated phenomena such as Barry Sanders running style to explain global warming and using statistics to explain other phenomena. It is important to make knowledge available to the masses so they can make their own decisions.
Chris Hayes appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss his book more in depth using everything from the Penn State scandal to Wall Street to Iraq as examples. You can purchase his book at the store tab above.