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  • Andrey Pavlov { There is a real phenomena (it requires a fair amount of experience in statistics and experimental design) where large sample sizes can skew effect sizes… } – Sep 03, 12:39 AM
  • Andrey Pavlov { WHY do you want energy healing to be true? Most people at this blog would hate to have their materialistm/atheism questioned. Because I am not… } – Sep 03, 12:38 AM
  • Andrey Pavlov { And behaviour in response to illness is immensely more complicated than simply acting according to a system of beliefs. Most people will never have thought… } – Sep 03, 12:33 AM
  • weing { My bet is that alternative science only works in the alternate universe. It’s out of this world. Only real science works here. Get back to… } – Sep 03, 12:31 AM
  • Sawyer { There is a real phenomena (it requires a fair amount of experience in statistics and experimental design) where large sample sizes can skew effect sizes… } – Sep 03, 12:29 AM
  • Graham { As I understand it, and filling in some blanks… the first engineer didn’t point to a place to drill, so no drilling to see if… } – Sep 03, 12:28 AM
  • MadisonMD { It’s true– see here. But it doesn’t put materialism into question, and I’m not an atheist. What does that have to do with anything? } – Sep 02, 11:52 PM
  • MadisonMD { I just discovered that you can heal with energy– or at least prevent disease. Really. Scientific. Actual energy. Don’t believe me? See here. } – Sep 02, 11:49 PM
  • AdamG { Egregious use of commas, makes your sentences, come to a screeching halt. } – Sep 02, 11:49 PM
  • MadisonMD { However, there is bias in meta-analyses and the only remedy is to do lots of them. … yeah, and to stick to the more recent… } – Sep 02, 11:37 PM
  • Frederick { haha BURNED! } – Sep 02, 11:31 PM
  • Frederick { Tell my about it, My town just experience a year of those denier and ideologues crying out loud with the media giving them more space… } – Sep 02, 11:30 PM
  • MadisonMD { 57% is NOT trivial, you don’t know anything about meta-analysis. Ha! Updated meta-analyses including rigorous new studies is NOT trivial. You don’t know anything about… } – Sep 02, 11:30 PM
  • joe { Winddriven, appears to be, pharma profit driven. Getting, a little angry there shill. Maybe a little angry, that your gravy train, is coming to a… } – Sep 02, 11:27 PM
  • MadisonMD { Regardless, Whoa’s arguments are moot. The more recent meta-analysis concludes: Since the publication of our previous systematic review in 2000, several rigorous new studies have… } – Sep 02, 11:27 PM
  • Hello Humpty Dumpty! { No, I believe the real issue, is the dishonesty of the large pharmaceutical companies destroying the reliability of peer-reviewed papers, and instances where members of… } – Sep 02, 11:25 PM
  • MadisonMD { Usually, whoa doesn’t make sense, but his argument here does make sense to me. If you power your study with alpha=0.05, your false positive rate… } – Sep 02, 11:24 PM
  • Frederick { You know about taht big study on over 3000 people and over 95% retention that demonstrated no IQ drop ? that the “havard” study was… } – Sep 02, 11:14 PM
  • Sawyer { Well if you feel the need to avoid controversy, just go right to the source – Daniel Kahneman. Thinking Fast and Slow doesn’t have the… } – Sep 02, 11:10 PM
  • mho { Judging from reports on Internet chat boards, if the labs and scans look good, too many oncologists will say, “keep doing what you’re doing.” CAM… } – Sep 02, 11:04 PM
  • Frederick { The guy sound a little like a relativist, “everybody opinions have the same value” kind of stuff, Always disliked this kind of ‘view’ because it… } – Sep 02, 11:00 PM
  • Peter S { Georges Lemaitre, the Belgian mathematician who invented the Big Bang theory, was also a Catholic priest and reputedly said that he saw no conflict between… } – Sep 02, 10:57 PM
  • Windriven { “CDC whistle Blower has apologized to Dr. Andy Wakefield and his wife. Saying, his study would have supported, Andy’s work. ” Where might we find… } – Sep 02, 10:35 PM
  • EBMOD { I am an optometrist. Vaccines are not something I have, or ever will make one cent off of. But hey, if you want to stick… } – Sep 02, 10:33 PM
  • EBMOD { No one is negating or downplaying your pain. We understand it is a devastating disease in its severe form. However, that doesnt justify simply making… } – Sep 02, 10:31 PM
  • Concerned Scientist { @chris What is my statistical background? I don’t know, 15+ undergrad hours in statistics, 20 graduate hours, 20 years in biomedical research much of that… } – Sep 02, 10:31 PM
  • mouse { Once again, hmm. ;) I notice that the critiques suggests that people who believe Gladwell in Blink are those “the people who will learn to… } – Sep 02, 10:19 PM
  • Stephen H { He is absolutely right in one sense. I have a day job, and do not have the time or energy to research for myself absolutely… } – Sep 02, 10:15 PM
  • sadmar { Harriet: Thanks for the reply! “I do think that an imaginative, compelling false story with a positive message appeals to the human mind more than… } – Sep 02, 9:46 PM
  • joe { The CDC is about to implode, CDC whistle Blower has apologized to Dr. Andy Wakefield and his wife. Saying, his study would have supported, Andy’s… } – Sep 02, 9:46 PM
  • simba { If my doctor says ‘it helps some people/it works for some people/it helps people feel better’, before I started reading more about skepticism, or even… } – Sep 02, 9:45 PM
  • n brownlee { ” Most people will never have thought much about any medical matter before they get sick and it is absurd to expect them to bring… } – Sep 02, 9:43 PM
  • sadmar { Harriet: The only people likely to interpret “CAM seems able to help people feel better, but it should not be relied upon alone for the… } – Sep 02, 9:31 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { I’ve read two Gladwell books (Outliers and The Tipping Point) and found them contemptible. The man doesn’t seem to understand that anecdotes aren’t data, but… } – Sep 02, 9:30 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { I think that some elementary science and social studies (which often covers current events) teachers often do introduce some concepts of critical thinking. But it’s… } – Sep 02, 9:29 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { You seem to be lumping ideas together in an attempt to create an us-vs-them scenario. Atheism/materialism/skepticism/science vs ‘oriental’ medicine/spiritualism/energy healing/homeopathy/religion. It is vastly easier and… } – Sep 02, 9:27 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { I have read this blog for years (didn’t post until recently). I know that the average author or commenter here does not hope that qi… } – Sep 02, 9:26 PM
  • Chris { What is your statistical background? “Although you do seem to have a misunderstanding of what DeStefano’s 36 month finding means” Explain it better. Also, why… } – Sep 02, 9:16 PM
  • Dennis { @Chris I agree re: the need to prove a connection. Though it’s still a possibility, I think there’s more definitive evidence of its prevalence among… } – Sep 02, 9:11 PM
  • Windriven { “Amputated under false pretenses” No. The joints were replaced under quite clear conditions. “Jealous — ha ha, don’t be.” Not a bit. The idea of… } – Sep 02, 9:08 PM
  • Windriven { Steve, you have to have seen radiology from people with badly eroded arthritic knees. Are you going to tell me with a straight face that… } – Sep 02, 9:01 PM
  • Carl { “Are the Israelis crazy for recently making water fluoridating illegal ? It seems there is either the official/government point of view, or you are a… } – Sep 02, 8:53 PM
  • KayMarie { I’ve heard some murmurings that scientists need to be more aware of telling the story of the research, not just presenting the data. } – Sep 02, 8:50 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Really? Can you demonstrate this? Do they require any human input or interpretation, and does it involve a machine or are you talking about seeds… } – Sep 02, 8:39 PM
  • simba { “I have read this blog for years (didn’t post until recently). I know that the average author or commenter here does not hope that qi… } – Sep 02, 8:30 PM
  • mouse { Hmmm, I haven’t read either of those WLU – I admit I started The Tipping Point and didn’t really get into it. There are many… } – Sep 02, 8:27 PM
  • sadmar { Man, anything’s possible… But if Atty. Morgan let Thompson contact Wakefield for any purpose whatsoever, I think Ken White would have a new candidate for… } – Sep 02, 8:24 PM
  • Concerned Scientist { @ Chris, “(an OR=1.5 in the entire sample).” “That is only for the less than 36 month column in Table 3″. The 36 month sample… } – Sep 02, 8:20 PM
  • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { Mother Nature is why these concepts and flawed idea and medications do not kill many more unsuspecting people. Mess with Mother Nature and she will… } – Sep 02, 8:15 PM
  • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { “I really don’t think that mother nature exists,” Your choice! What’s keeping you alive … spit and gum or duct tape? “I also don’t think… } – Sep 02, 8:05 PM
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