My man, when I was young I thought a lot about odds and statistics. My life says otherwise. Whippersnapper!
Obviously there are other factors at play. Human minds are pattern recognition machines after all.
The issue isn't stats it's bad stats. Or bad science, or bad everything which is what the majority of these things are.
As someone mentioned in the thread, the thing is that (the majority of) academics are not really all that smart. So the majority of scholarly publications contain flaws due to limited scope of thought, bias, pc-policies, etc. I generally just categorize all of these as 'they're morons'. It's neater.
Expression of the post modern paradox : "For the love of god, religions are so full of shit"
Theory is always superseded by Fact...
... In theory.
“I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.” Richard Feynman's last recorded words
"Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart." Mencius (Meng-Tse), 4th century BCE