Re: Excellent summary of statiscally fallacies
Thank you. My personal take is that people are really busy and if this kind of critical thinking isn't baked into your DNA yet, then it hasn't become part of the integral thought process yet.
A lot of business majors took statistics courses because they were either required to do it or it seemed less scary than some other math requirement. In the absence of knowing why statistics matters to your job - which was clearly absent at least when I went to school - unless you consider math fun as some of us do, it's just a requirement you tick off your undergraduate to-do list and move on. It does not become part of your thinking. It doesn't interest you, it doesn't intrigue you.
I'm encouraged that colleges and universities are re-examining their curricula because data is becoming so integral to all parts of the business. If even basic statistics is something your future employer is going to require, it behooves you not to just get an "A" in the class, but internalize what it means in terms of your major.
Smart businesspeople ask smart questions. Once people figure out that "smart" behavior includes asking the questions you outlined, more will be motivated to do that. No one is born knowing any of this stuff. OTOH, people have to adapt.
Sure, I imagine some people might be lazy about it or consider asking another layer of questions Yet Another Thing to do. If you're responsible for outcomes, you're wise to ask such questions. Even boards of directors are starting to ask questions they never asked before such as, "What's your Big Data strategy."
I think it's a matter of industry maturity and professional maturity. It took time for the general population to become computer literate. It will take some time for more people to become data literate, although this will happen faster, IMHO.
Love your points.