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gladwell.com: The PitBull Paradox

Malcolm Gladwell has a great post on his blog about the danger of statistics. He has an uncanny ability to look at a situation or problem from a unique angle, and he demonstrates it again in “The Pit Bull Paradox.” Are Pit Bulls more dangerous? I have a friend who has one that is a great dog. She happens to be a great dog owner, which may actually make a bigger difference than dog type. It seems that Pit Bulls are great students, and if taught to be vicious, will do so consistently and completely. There is no in between for this breed. Once taught how to behave the dog will not likely hide nor change its temperment. It is an interesting way of looking at a dog which has been widely demonized across America. They are illegal to own in Dayton,very difficult to own in Dayton, and if a Pit Bull attacks someone it is almost always the lead story on the local news. I personally don’t know how comfortable I would be with my one of my neighbors owning one, but this post by Gladwell certainly makes me think about it more deeply. Every time I read his work I find myself saying “of course, that was so obvious, how could I have missed that angle.” Whether you agree or disagree with his conclusions, there is little doubt that he is brilliant and his work is compelling.
gladwell.com: The PitBull Paradox