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One datum is not enough to justify your conclusion. I think that some competing state-owned company is publishing a similar book, and they're just trying to eliminate the competition.

Why the downvotes?

I didn't downvote, but it may be because the title isn't actually true. A commenter on Hacker News posted this:

Hi Guys, I am from China, and of course the Bayesian is taught in China. Only in the culture revolution time, this crazy thing may happen; but it's long time ago when Mao was alive. Now China is a modern society; of course, the Bayesian theory is taught in schools; otherwise how could they send the spaceship to the outer space and have the fastest super computer in the world so far.

[-]Jack13y30

The title is humorously hyperbolic (which doesn't mean it is outright sarcastic).

I feel like Less Wrong posters have trouble picking up on this type of joke in particular. I wonder why this is.

Thats a great quote though.

I wasn't among the people downvoting this, but I wonder if I should, just for the fear it would encourage others to post "humorous" and misleading titles.

This forum isn't a british tabloid. We must care about truth, which means we must care not to intentionally mislead others. A false claim that you must follow a link before you can determine it's false, should be strongly discouraged.

For one thing, this post lacks both an abstract and content.

Also see discussion on Hacker News: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2088734

[-]Larks13y150

"It seems like a joke at first, but once you take into account China's previous actions it's actually quite likely."

The joke is so clever you get an upvote for just reposting it.