Comment by elver on Zombies: The Movie · 2008-04-20T06:57:49.000Z · score: 13 (13 votes) · LW · GW

This needs to be turned into a short film. Now!

Comment by elver on Beautiful Probability · 2008-01-14T10:12:43.000Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Something popped into my mind while I was reading about the example in the very beginning. What about research that goes out to prove one thing, but discovers something else?

Group of scientists want to see if there's a link between the consumption of Coca-Cola and stomach cancer. They put together a huge questionnaire full of dozens of questions and have 1000 people fill it out. Looking at the data they discover that there is no correlation between Coca-Cola drinking and stomach cancer, but there is a correlation between excessive sneezing and having large ears.

So now we have a group of scientists who set out to test correlation A, but found correlation B in the data instead. Should they publish a paper about correlation B?

Comment by elver on The Fallacy of Gray · 2008-01-07T08:35:11.000Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW · GW

This post is unusually white. The two arguments -- all shades of gray being seen as the same shade and science being a demonstrably better "religion" -- have seriously expanded my mind. Thank you!

Comment by elver on Cultish Countercultishness · 2007-12-30T02:07:39.000Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Maybe they're asking so nervously because they were planning to set up a cult around the very same idea?

The Church of Frozen Heads. Come worship the meat popsicle.