The Politics of Sanity Redux

This article from the BBC makes for arresting reading. Bluntly put, the MPs flunked a very basic question in probability theory. If you’re a Bayesian (or other kind of subjectivist), then that finding literally makes those MPs irrational, stupid to the point of insanity. Less than a month after moves were made to end the “discriminatory” practice of mental illness being a bar to political office, we see that — provided that you identify sanity with rationality with logical reasoning — it is barely a bar as things stand at present! 😀

My tongue is only very slightly in my cheek when I ask this: Is there a way to use the results of the above numeracy survey as evidence for some kind of impeachment proceedings?

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