A curious ideology

Now the problem arises because of a curious ideology of statistic thinking (`frequentism') that forbids to speak of probability of causes. It is not a matter of a different way of making the calculations, but an ideological refuse to calculate them! Nevertheless - and this is the worst! - most people, even if they think to adhere to the frequentistic approach (``probability is the long run limit of relative frequency'', and so on), are not even aware that, according to this unfortunately still dominant school, they should not be allowed to speak about probability of true values, probability of causes, and so on. As a matter of fact, when I try to tell it in seminars, people usually stare at me as I had just landed from a far planet.

Giulio D'Agostini 2012-01-02