Course curriculum

  • 1

    Live Sessions: Alternate Sundays

    • Zoom Link for upcoming Sunday Lecture

    • Where Are We and How to Catch Up

  • 2

    0: Journey Towards the Light

    • Life Journey 1: Beginnings

    • Life Journey 2: Dreams

    • Life Journey 3: Europeans Reject the Unseen

    • Life Journey 4: The Poison of Positivism

    • Life Journey 5: Impact of Positivism on Statistics

    • Life Journey MCQ

    • Student Led Q&A on Life Journey

  • 3

    1: Why A New Approach to Statistics?

    • A: Positivism Transforms University Education

    • B: Puzzles Posed by Human History

    • C: The Central Importance of Knowledge

    • D: Rebuilding Knowledge on Islamic Foundations

    • E: Four Fundamental Flaws in Foundations of Statistics

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    2: The Moral Foundations of Knowledge

    • 2A: The Illusion of Objective Knowledge

    • Supplement (optional) to 2A: The Illusion of Objective Knowledge.

    • 2B: Purpose: The Heart of an Islamic Approach

    • Supplement (optional) to 2B: Knowledge For Pursuit of Life-Goals

    • 2C: Difference between Islamic and Western Conceptions of Knowledge

    • 2D: Islamic Pedagogical Principles: Engaging Head and Heart

    • 2E: An Islamic Methodology & Epistemology

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    3: Comparing Numbers

    • 3A: Introduction to Comparing Numbers for a Purpose

    • 3B: Arbitrariness of Rankings

    • 3C: What Do College Rankings Mean?

    • 3D: Goodhart's Law

    • 3F: The WHY of Global Corruption Rankings

    • 3E: Values Embodied in Choice of Factors and Weights for Rankings

    • Discussion Questions for All Sections

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    4: Life Expectancies

    • 4A: Introduction to Life Expectancies

    • 4B: Computing Life Expectancy from Mortality Tables

    • 4C: Analyzing World Bank WDI Data Set on Life Expectancies

    • 4D: Histograms for World Bank Life Expectancy Data

    • 4E Histograms with Varying Bin Sizes

    • 4F Percentage or Probability Histograms

    • Complete Chapter With QUESTIONS

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    5: Reducing Data to One Number

    • 5A Inflation: Reducing Data to ONE Number

    • 5B: The Sensitive Price Index and Inflation

    • 5C: Composite Commodities: Laspayre's and Paasche Indices

    • 5D Big Data: Many Inflations

    • 5E: Inflation as a Macroeconomic Concept, in context of Quantity Theory of Money

    • 5F Quantity Theory of Money: Failure on Australian Data

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    6: Eugenics and the Creation of Statistics

    • 6A Malthusian Approach to Poverty

    • 6B: Sir Francis Galton: Eugenicist Founder of Statistics

    • 6C: Fisher's Failings and the Foundations of Statistics

    • 6D: Real Statistics: Alternative to Fisher's Approach

    • 6E: Contrasts between Fisher's Approach and Real Statistics: The Case of Inflation