Pilot “A study says”



On request, I am posting this link, but only to show how far “science” has fallen.

6 thoughts on “Pilot “A study says”

  1. This article run in the Pilot, alleges that there has been an 8% increase in bullying among the children of Trump supporters based on race. Note that the article does not provide a link to the study so you can examine the methodology. With a bit of searching, you can find articles about the study and the abstract, but the study itself is behind a paywall.

    The first question that should occur to a reader is “How do they know?” It turns out that they surveyed students. But if a higher percentage reported being bullied, does that mean that there was actually more bullying, or in the bitter aftermath of the election, was there just more reporting?

    The next thing is to examine the methodology. Fortunately, researchers who had access to the study have done so, https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0013164415622664

    What they found, among other things, that simply changing the order in which the questions on the survey were asked changed the results by 45%. So, we have a 9% alleged increase in bullying based on a study with at most a 55% accuracy.

    So, if you haven’t read the article yet, don’t. It’s a total waste of your time as it has zero credibility.

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    1. You’re right to flag the science as flawed, but I’m more concerned about the so-called journalism that promulgates this kind of material.

      Were I to assert that media today strives to create, maintain and control a perfect and complete reality I expect I’d be accused of indulging in conspiracy theories or of failing to appreciate how the Fourth Estate functions. And yet, this WAPO item and the fact that commentary is not allowed are evidence supporting this very assertion.

      That a profitable market exists for junk science no doubt tells us something about the low level of consciousness among buyers, but it tells us more about the sellers, who are in the position to know what they are doing.

      Buyers who wake up by taking a greater interest in the quality of their own consciousness would cause the market for fake news to evaporate.

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