A mountain of sadness and shame, or a type 1 error?
I’ve been sitting on this thought for a while.
There was a book I loved as a boy called The Cuckoos Egg by Clifford Stoll. It was a non technical work about computer security and in its pages I was introduced to the idea that a foreign analyst could put together supposedly inconsequential pieces of information to uncover or confirm real state secrets.
It can work in everyday life too. How about this?
- I had a long conversation with a man I know that included the subject of drug side effects and a remark from him about a prescription acne medicine that causes birth defects.
- I also remember seeing a vacation picture of the same man’s 20-something daughter with a bare midriff that showed a post gravid paunch that, depending on an individuals hormones and muscle tone, can appear even in the first few weeks of pregnancy and persist for a long time afterward.
- The daughter isn’t toting around any children.
I’d like to be wrong.