As discussed last month, for the next two months we’ll be interspersing regular blog posts with seminar-speaker-bracket showdowns.

**Mon:** Deciding the ultimate seminar speaker: The rules

**Tues:** Plato (1) vs. Henny Youngman

**Wed:** The plagiarist next door

Mark Twain (4) vs. L. Ron Hubbard

**Thurs:** Why I keep talking about “generalizing from sample to population”

James Joyce (3) vs. Mary Baker Eddy

**Fri:** Statistical analysis recapitulates the development of statistical methods

Mohammad (2) vs. Ed McMahon

**Sat:** How a clever analysis of health survey data became transformed into bogus feel-good medical advice

Miguel de Cervantes (2) vs. Joan Crawford

**Sun:** Sorry, but I’m with Richard Ford on this one

Henry David Thoreau (3) vs. Charles Manson