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Science  06 Jun 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5881, pp. 1292
DOI: 10.1126/science.1160305

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The Cult of Statistical Significance. How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives. By Stephen T. Ziliak and Deirdre N. McCloskey. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2008. 348 pp. $75, £48.95. ISBN 9780472070077. Paper, $24.95, £16.50. ISBN 9780472050079. Economics, Cognition, and Society.

Through their consideration of a wide range of fields (including their home discipline of economics, psychology, epidemiology, and biomedical science), the authors argue that statistical significance is far too often mistakenly applied--to the detriment of science and society.