A rejoinder to Mr. A. B. Biggs's criticism on observations made in respect of the "observed periodicity of the death rate." etc.
Johnston, Robert Mackenzie (1884) A rejoinder to Mr. A. B. Biggs's criticism on observations made in respect of the "observed periodicity of the death rate." etc. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania . pp. 280-282.
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I am glad to see that so able a critic as Mr. Biggs has
taken up the important subject of the " Death rate in its
observed coincident relation to super-terrestrial phenomena,"
which was recently introduced by me in a paper read before
this Society ; although, at the same time, it is to be regretted
that he has based his remarks upon a brief abstract from a
newspaper rather than upon the paper itself, for it has
greatly misled him as regards the nature and scope of my
In Mr. Johnston's rejoinder he states that: "It appears to me to be very clear that Mr. Biggs' difficulty
is caused chiefly by erroneously assuming that the
relations commented upon are simple instead of complex, and
that belief in a more or less striking observed coincidence
seems to be regarded by him as synonymous with a like
belief in a corresponding mutual inter-dependence between the
matters which have been observed to coincide.
Now there is a very wide difference between the conception
or conviction of a known agreement or coincidence and the
conception of an underlying casual relation."
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