How to interpret statistics

Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), a spiritual leader of the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch movement, insisted on delivering a talk the day after he had a serious heart attack.

“‘You must take care of your health,’ the doctor insisted. ‘If not, there is a twenty-five percent chance of a relapse.’ The doctor asked if the Rebbe understood what he had said.

“‘Oh, yes,’ said the Rebbe with a smile. ‘You said that even if I don’t take care of my health—which, I assure you, I will—there is a seventy-five percent chance that there won’t be a relapse.’”

Source: Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe, 2004.


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