This is science – science blogs is myth, belief and pseudo scepticism. The plural of anecdote IS data since that is how research is conducted – you take a whole bunch of anecdotes and from them, you extrapolate an hypothesis first and later, a conclusion. Why don’t these ‘scientists’ get that? They seem to feel that unless they themselves have stated something, it isn’t worth listening to. That isn’t science – that’s just arrogance! Another great blog from CHS.
As we have recently been examining the science-free zone over at Science Blogs dot Com, here is another howler from the pseudo-science pseudo-skeptics over there. Science Blogs dot Com is the home of bloggers like Dr David Gorski and P Z Myers [and he is supposed to be a professor of biology – ha!!].
There are hundreds of references on Science Blogs dot Com to the phrase “the plural of anecdote is not data“. They repeat it like a religious mantra to slap people down when they give examples of numerous personal experiences.
It seems they do not like the fact that what they seem to think is anecdote – namely the oral testimony of human witnesses – is in fact the primary source of evidence in common law jurisdictions around the world.
So what is the real quote? And why is it relevant?
You see if…
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