Mark Twain reckoned that “Figures don’t lie, but liars do figure,” while Benjamin Disraeli listed the “three kinds of falsehoods” as “lies, damned lies and statistics." Statistics, it would seem, have been held in low regard for some time. In this course, we’ll see how honest people use figures, and how to spot the other fellows who are trying to mislead us by intentionally abusing them. The course will conclude with a look at polling for the upcoming elections. Although we’ll use some numbers from time to time, this is not a math class.