Statistical significance: science or pseudoscience?

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3 Responses to Statistical significance: science or pseudoscience?

  1. Postscript: As I was posting this, I overheard a young lady make the following remark to a friend at a Starbuck’s–she was sitting behind me in the patio area: “I genuinely don’t like lying to her; I just don’t tell her the whole truth.” This remark pretty much sums up the subtle misuses of frequentist statistical methods in academia.

    • Craig C says:

      People are reluctant to tell the truth to people they don’t trust. If you accept this premise, then one must presume that people think facts have more power than falsehoods. This may or may not be true, but falsehoods cloaked in the garb of facts are certainly alluring.

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