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LisaLL Donating Member (129 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-05 07:16 PM
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156. Research studies are not created equal
Studies are like paper money. They have different worth based on identifiable, objective characteristics. Just like any adult can tell that a $100 bill is worth more than a $1 bill. An adult can trick a child by trading two $1 bills for a $100 bill (telling them two is more than one) but that is dishonest. If the adult goes on to tell the child that there is no difference in the value of money and that you can make a bill be any amount that you want it to be--that adult is trying to trick a child for the long term.

Same is true for studies. There are excellent studies based on their design that are reproducible, have mechanisms that prevent manipulation by other variables or by bias. There are fair studies, there are poor studies. Scientists (and anyone who puts in the effort to learn how to tell the difference) can determine what credible evidence is and is not. In fact, many journals will rate the level of evidence. (And make sure you are using credible, medline accessible, perr-reviewed journals). You can't make a well-done study say whatever you want.

When people say that there is no difference in studies, you can make them say whatever you want--it's because they are trying to trick the public in the long term. Usually these groups (like the ones trying to claim that abortion causes breast cancer) ignore the excellent well done, best studies, while exaggerating the outdated or proven-to-be-wrong or poorly done studies. There is a method and I think we'd go a long way as a society to learn about this. It especially keeps us from getting tricked.


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