Sarrazin “statistically illiterate”

Finally, a major story in a major German newspaper which contests Thilo Sarrazin’s argument about Germany becoming increasingly stupid because more stupid people, especially Muslim immigrants, are having more children than university educated white non-Muslims (yes, he really does argue that).

Der Tagesspiegel quotes Hans Wolfgang Brachinger who sees “statistical illiteracy” at work in the whole Sarrazin debate. Not only Sarrazin but also the journalists and critics commenting on the book have no idea how to interpret the statistics.

Texts on the topic, offering an alternative reading of the statistics, via Der Tagesspiegel (in German):

The German blogs, of course, said all this back in September (e.g. nachdenkseiten, spiegelfechter, bildblog, and my favourite blog post on this: at weissgarnix)

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3 Comments to “Sarrazin “statistically illiterate””

  1. ***especially Muslim immigrants, are having more children than university educated white non-Muslims (yes, he really does argue that).***

    This is a problem in most Western countries as the most educated women tend to have fewer children. It’s similar to if people over 6 feet tall had fewer children, over time the population would get shorter.

  2. Only if you assume, firstly, that “education” is heritable in the way that height is, and, secondly, that “educated women” having less children is a “problem”.

    Both highly questionable assumptions.

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