Hi Sianabelle - interesting questions. And it's fine if they have nothing to do with Zen (although they might, and if so, I wouldn't know but the Zen people will).
I wonder if any statisticians among us will talk about how they view veracity and integrity, things like that. Also wonder how much of their methodology is influenced by the entity paying their salary and the overall goals/mission of the department they report to?
Some people like to consume numbers, don't they, as part of their morning & evening news meal, and of course executives rely on stats to guide their decisions. I tend to tune out numbers, myself - would rather consider actual results or concrete, visible outcomes. If a group says they'll do X, but they fall short and then whinge about it, my opinion will arise from the observation of the behaviour in that particular incident. It won't help if they tell me how many other times something else went well. If I don't care about the subject matter of those other examples, it won't make much of a dent in the opinion that was created around the thing(s) I do care about.
I wish everyone was exposed to intro-level statistics as part of primary education, along with that very-important caveat concerning how methodology can influence outcomes. We should be trained to question the presentation of number-facts instead of swallowing them whole -