We see a lot of threads around here based on the conclusions of what some
study or another has decreed is the truth about some subject or another. Most often, when we look into the origins of that study, we find that it was
produced of funded by some group with an agenda. While that may not automatically make the study wrong or deceptive, it certainly creates a lot of
questions in the minds of the readers of those studies.
Then there's the issue of studies that spend bucket loads of money to tell us something that was already common knowledge. And who can forget all the
studies that offer contradictory recommendations on health related issues (eggs are bad for you, they have too much cholesterol/ No they're not, its
How is a person to tell which studies are reliable and which ones to ignore when they all seem to come from biased sources or seem to contradict each
Study says many studies suck / Research shows we are far too drunk on stupid studies that tell us what research shows
Question No. 1 (please be as specific as possible): Exactly how much of an idiot are you? More to the point: How arrogant and ignorant and out of
touch with your body, your heart, your mind, your divine sense of self do you feel you are on a day to day basis? Are you, in short, a moron? How much
of a moron? Too much of a moron to actually understand this paragraph? Please check the little box on the right. No, the other right. Thank you.
From what I have gleaned from glancing through a whole slew of recent studies, these are, apparently, the questions we most need answered. These are
the questions that plague us and torment us and, oh my God, if we only had the answers to these questions and the many, many other urgent queries like
them, such as: Is sunlight necessary? Is breathing compulsory? Is having a dog around sort of nice? If you eat less crap, will you feel better? Sleep:
Who cares? Should humans move? God: WTF? — we might just figure out how to live long enough to, you know, accidentally stab ourselves in the eye
with a fork and bleed to death.
Which is perhaps an overly snarky way of saying: Many of these studies are getting dangerously inane. And insulting. And actually harmful. Because if
you believe many of these deceptive factoids that fill our newspapers and magazines and universities, if you take them as they're meant to be taken,
as helpful guidelines for behavior or even as some sort of serious demarcation of human understanding, well, we are doomed indeed.
Every study out there seems to have some issues with sampling errors or problems with the methodology in which the information was gathered to the
point that somebody, somewhere will cry foul at the results of the study, telling us to ignore it. Often those same people telling us to ignore such
and such a study will be promoting a study of their own which came to the exact opposite conclusion.
How are we to tell which studies are reliable and which are biased or even just a load of junk science?
I recently posted a thread about a study that claimed that Public school teachers are
. From the replies that I got in that thread, it proved to me that, yes they are overpaid in some reigons but, in other reigons, they
are grossly underpaid as well.
It got me to thinking that maybe the reason we believe in one study over another is because it re-inforces a confirmation bias we already hold. We are
more likely to cling to the studies that tell us something that we want to believe in over studies that tell us something that we don't want to
With all of the contradictory and biased studies floating around out there, are we idiots to even listen to any of them anymore? Is there any such
thing as an unbiased study, or one that doesn't have some type of methodological errors that could be used to tear it apart?
Why do we tend to believe what the studies tell us? Is it because men in white lab coats tell us so? Are scientists like the new priesthood such that
we look to them to pass down truths from on high?
Is there any reason we should even pay attention to the studies anymore since even the "new priesthood" cannot decide on one doctrine for us all to