Statistics as a Tool

Today in class, we discussed that sometimes statistics is just treated as a tool that confirm's scientists' hypothesis. This made me think about how sometimes statistical or mathematical analysis are focused on the result, not the procedures or the meaning. When I worked as a mathematics teaching assistant, sometimes students from economics department came to me to ask about solving an equation with derivatives. Often they wanted me to just solve the answer, so that they can move on to the less technical part of their assignment. In this sense, I guess it is important to sometimes realize that people may have clear task for me and that I have to provide my analysis according to it.