You may have noticed
May 24, 2013 — 16:44

You may have noticed
A lack of blogging. Sorry about that. Been busy. Day goes like this: Get up early. Work late. Come home. Shower. Paperwork. Surf internet to wind down. Got to bed. So, sorry about that. Will resume soon.

A lack of blogging. Sorry about that. Been busy. Day goes like this:

Get up early.
Work late.
Come home.
Shower.
Paperwork.
Surf internet to wind down.
Got to bed.

So, sorry about that. Will resume soon.

Science!
So, a short version of what this post is not about, but it gives you background: Some guy I’ve never heard of is a professor of some liberal arts field and performs studies that support his view that capitalism is bad, socialism is good. And it turns out that all of the studies were fakes. [...]

So, a short version of what this post is not about, but it gives you background: Some guy I’ve never heard of is a professor of some liberal arts field and performs studies that support his view that capitalism is bad, socialism is good. And it turns out that all of the studies were fakes. Made up. Not real. He lied, faked data and never performed the research.

But this ain’t a post about that, it’s a post about this. Here’s some of his “research”:

Stapel designed one such study to test whether individuals are inclined to consume more when primed with the idea of capitalism. He and his research partner developed a questionnaire that subjects would have to fill out under two subtly different conditions. In one, an M&M-filled mug with the word “kapitalisme” printed on it would sit on the table in front of the subject; in the other, the mug’s word would be different, a jumble of the letters in “kapitalisme.” Although the questionnaire included questions relating to capitalism and consumption, like whether big cars are preferable to small ones, the study’s key measure was the amount of M&M’s eaten by the subject while answering these questions. (The experimental approach wasn’t novel; similar M&M studies had been done by others.) Stapel and his colleague hypothesized that subjects facing a mug printed with “kapitalisme” would end up eating more M&M’s.

Forget that it was all a fraud. Let’s assume that his “research” was flawless, not faked and, in every way, absolutely perfect. Top notch social science, even. What the fuck does it prove? Nothing. Zip. Nada. Zilch. Obama’s economic plan. Bupkis.

How is it useful? Not at all.

What’s the point? Grant money? Pushing a political philosophy, maybe.

This is “science”. And this stuff is taken seriously.

The ideals suck and their ways of trying to measure them suck even more. And that’s saying something.

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