February 21, at If I point to someone and call them a fat ss that is harmful because while they may be overweight it carries a lot of negative social connotations that are undeserved.
A new report on sexual assault released today by the U. Department of Justice DOJ officially puts to bed the bogus statistic that one in five women on college campuses are victims of sexual assault.
In fact, non-students are 25 percent more likely to be victims of sexual assault than students, according to the data. And the real number of assault victims is several orders of magnitude lower than one-in-five.
So the old study is debunked!
My last essay, Beware The Man Of One Studynoted that one thing partisans do to justify their bias is selectively acknowledge studies from only one side of a complicated literature.
Someone on my side published a study later that found something else 2. Someone on my side accused it of having methodological flaws Since the Federalist has so amply demonstrated the first failure mode, let me say a little more about the second. Did you know that anyone with a keyboard can just type up any of the following things?
But taking these as representative closes your mind and gives you a skewed picture of academia. The arguments usually take the form of one side publishing a study, the other side ripping the study apart and publishing their own study which they say is better, and the first side ripping the second study apart and arguing that their study was better all along.
Every study has flaws. No study has perfect methodology. If you like a study, you can say that it did the best it could on a difficult research area and has improved upon even-worse predecessor studies. All you need to do is make enough isolated demands for rigor against anything you disagree with.
And so if the first level of confirmation bias is believing every study that supports your views, the second layer of confirmation bias is believing every supposed refutation that supports your views. The British Medical Journal, one of the best-respected medical journals in the world, published an editorial concluding: Clear evidence of falsification of data should now close the door on this damaging vaccine scare … Who perpetrated this fraud?
There is no doubt that it was Wakefield.
Is it possible that he was wrong, but not dishonest: I saw this same dynamic at work the other day, looking through the minimum wage literature. The primordial titanomachy of the minimum wage literature goes like this. Intwo guys named Card and Krueger published a study showing the minimum wage had if anything positive effects on New Jersey restaurants, convincing many people that minimum wages were good.
Intwo guys named Neumark and Wascher reanalyzed the New Jersey data using a different source and found that it showed the minimum wage had very bad effects on New Jersey restaurants. Many others have thoroughly debunked this study. Both sides are no doubt very pleased with themselves.
Why would you waste your time with those?
First of all, some studies are super-debunked. Wakefield is a good example. Or one side of a complicated an interminable debate where both sides have about equal credentials and sway.
I think this is part of my reply to the claim that empiricism is so great that no one needs rationality. Life is made up of limited, confusing, contradictory, and maliciously doctored facts. Anyone who says otherwise is either sticking to such incredibly easy solved problems that they never encounter anything outside their comfort level, or so closed-minded that they shut out any evidence that challenges their beliefs.Dear Emily, Lovely costume!
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