think again losers
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- Mar 17, 2011
I feel like one of the barriers to bridging conversations between people on the forum is the science/mysticism divide. Falling on the science side, it often seems to me that people understand that there are limitations to science, but they interpret these as fatal, which conveniently allows them to continue believing whatever other ALLCAPSTRUTH truth they prefer. I find it's difficult to address these criticisms without derailing the conversation. So I thought that, while I'm not part of any such conversation, it might be good to bring it up and have a talk about it without any stakes.
P-hacking is a huge issue, especially for the social sciences. It completely craps on the integrity of science. Essentially, p-hacking involves selective reporting of results. It's the equivalent of only keeping the experimental data that confirms your results, which is all too easy when you're dealing with the amount of variance inherent in any measure of human behaviour.
The video provided is an accessible resource, that explains a lot of issues inherent in p-value testing, as well as some viable workarounds.