Aydasara Ortega Torres is a Faculty Member of Psychology and Statistics.
Have you recently thought about how we become more and more statisticalized? Yes. Statisticalized.
Statistics taken as “a form of rationalization that influences society” - us - “through the production, consumption, and dissemination of statistical numbers.”
How we increasingly depend on statistics.
Yes, to justify practices, make decisions, update knowledge . . .
To change human behavior, constitute cultural norms, reconfigure social relations, shape political discourse . . .
Statistical rationality reinforcing and reproducing the defining characteristics of modern society.
- The replacement of humans with technologies.
Meanwhile, political awareness predicts the public’s distrust. Which is - to varying degrees - associated with mistrust of science and the media.
As modern states continue to collect statistics, keeping society - us - under their watchful eyes.
“Hell of a world we live in, huh? . . . But it could be worse, huh?”
“That's right,” I said, “or even worse, it could be perfect.”
© 2021 Aydasara Ortega Torres