2 thoughts on “That Study You Just Heard About – Do the Results Really Apply to You?

  • August 14, 2018 at 6:49 am

    I am sick of all these stupid studies. Every single day I read or hear of study. “Studies show its best to read a psych article while drinking coffee”. THE NEXT DAY. “Studies show drinking coffee while reading a psych article can cause stress. NUTS!

  • September 1, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I’m almost never “like most people” when I hear about study results. I’m in no way one of those climate-change denialists who seem to have decided that science has nothing whatsoever valid to say, but I’ll admit that somewhere between for-profit entities funding research and the skewed-for-sensationalism presentation that most people hear about that research in from the news media, I’ve learned to NOT believe anyone’s study results until (IF) I decide to go look deeper into it. And I think that people are probably complex and nonmaterial enough that science perhaps DOESN’T have quite as much authority to make statements about us as it does about star formation or cell structure or animal migration patterns, say.

    For heaven’s sake, I recently heard a commercial for a razor that removes “up to 100%” of your hair in one stroke. What’s really pathetic is that that actually slips by people as a meaningful statement in any way. “Up to” 100% can literally be anything from zero percent to a hundred percent. EVERY razor does that! Heck, putting on your pants in the morning probably does that! The phrase “study results” seems to have come to mean “here, I’ll take away the burden of having to figure things out” and people just nod in gratitude.

    THINK BEFORE YOU BUY INTO (or just plain buy) STUFF! 🙂


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