Personal & professional website of Patrick S. Phelan, physician-in-training, novice ethicist, statistics & philosophy enthusiast.


For more about me, identifying information and biography are available at the About page. A list of published and in-progress scientific and clinical manuscripts is on the Research page, with other scholarly writings listed as Essays. Recent posts to this site are listed chronologically on the Blog, and sorted by topic tags on the Archive page. Selected resources are assembled under Collections.

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  • P.S. “Ceteris Parodis”

    Andrew Gelman has an item in his handy statistical lexicon that he calls “The ‘All Else Equal’ Fallacy,” summarized as: Assuming that everything else is held constant, even when it’s not gonna be. Since that idea that “all else is (or would be) equal” is often represented by the Latin ceteris paribus, and the point of Gelman’s fallacy is that (in cases where it applies) the assumption is simply ridiculous (parodic), perhaps we can humorously...