Not everything that counts can be counted by Albert Einstein

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Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

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Not everything that counts can be counted Meaning:

When taking decisions, consider all factors which are relevant for the decision. We have the tendency to consider unnecessary factors and give importance to them which skew our decisions and get us into trouble. Edward De Bono has come up with a tool called CAF to enhance decision-making skill.

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Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.

Author: Albert Einstein

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http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/250497-not-everything-that-can-be-counted-counts-not-everything-that

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The Business Book, “Peak Performance” mentions that Albert Einstein wrote this quote on his blackboard but did not clearly attribute it to Albert Einstein.

Albert Einstein liked to underscore the micro/macro partnership with a remark from Sir George Pickering that he chalked on the blackboard in his office at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton: “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

William Bruce Cameron, a Professor of Sociology published an article “The Elements of Statistical Confusion Or: What Does the Mean Mean?” He used the quote to explain the difficulty in performing statistical measurements,

Equally obvious, 100 evening college students taking one two hour course each are in no meaningful way equivalent to 100 day students, each with a sixteen hour load. The moral is: Not everything that can be counted counts.

In 1963, Cameron used the exact quotation phrase in his textbook on sociology.

It would be nice if all of the data which sociologists require could be enumerated because then we could run them through IBM machines and draw charts as the economists do. However, not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.


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