Anecdotal Evidence

July 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm (Anecdote, Evidence, Placebo) (, , , , , )

As is pointed out in the Wikipedia article on anecdotal evidence, such evidence is considered to be dubious support of a claim. Not only because it may be unrepresentative of a “typical” experience, but also because anecdotal evidence consists of casual observations rather than rigorous analysis. It is inevitable that casual observations will be subject to bias. Rigorous analysis is subject to bias too – but less so. Attempts are at least made to reduce the influence of biases. Read the rest of this entry »

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Papers for Skeptics

August 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm (Miscellaneous) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m sure everyone has favourite research articles (please tell me it’s not just me). I thought I’d share some of mine. Most are available as free full text, but there are a few where I link to an abstract. Some links will open in PDF, but I’ve tried to make these obvious in the post. I think I’ve saved copies of each paper where full text was available, so if a link to the full text of a paper dies and you can’t get hold of it elsewhere do feel free to email me or leave a comment below and ask for a copy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beware The Bias Blind Spot

December 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm (Miscellaneous) (, , , , , )

The term bias blind spot refers to “the cognitive bias of failing to compensate for one’s own cognitive biases”. Read the rest of this entry »

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