Writing About Science — Day 13 — 30 Days of Autism Acceptance — 2018 Autism Acceptance Month

Candle snuffer made from bent/twisted copper wire

Building our own Tools

Currently trying to get a little bit closer to be on schedule for the series.  Today one of my friends (well not sure about that term in general, but I’ll use it) was asking about how we can do “science” in psychology, and if it could be considered to be a “legitimate science”.

This was related to something I had said earlier in the past week or so (I think it was on the weekend).  It is also a subject which I have a special interest in that being science, and the philosophy of science.

The other night (a couple nights ago) I ended up in a pretty significant discussion about science, and the deficiencies of most of the science that gets done, or at least published, so in June, I am looking at doing another “30 Days” project on science and more the philosophy of science.

I don’t want to switch gears right now, and I’m realizing that these “30 Days” projects seem to work well for me, so I’m hoping that every “30 day month” I will be doing one (I’m not sure what I’ll do for February, as if I don’t do one then, I will end up going from November to April without one, so there might be a 28 day one then.  Or I may try to do “30 Days in February”.

So, this is just a bit of a note to remind me where I am at with this.  And also I expect to be writing a draft of the Introduction which I hope to publish in about a month.

So, before I do that, just as a bit of a teaser:

  • Correlation does not equal Causation
  • Lack of evidence is not evidence of lack
  • Biased evidence is biased (decisions about what to publish)
  • New findings are sexier than confirming old findings
  • Small studies do not show support for conclusion (though support for research)
  • Knowledge of intervention biases results (reasons for doing double blind, or at least single blind)
    • This even applies to “hard sciences” such as physics, or chemistry
  • Gold Standard of study is not only valid research method (more on research methods)
  • “You can’t prove a negative” vs. “You can’t disprove a positive.”
    • Hypothesis generation
  • The placebo effect is a real effect
  • The nocebo effect exists, and is barely understood
  • Psychosomatic effects are real effects
  • Just because we don’t understand something, doesn’t mean it’s not happening
  • Quantitative research vs. qualitative research
  • Small studies help point to areas of future studies
  • Research methods
    • Observation
    • Survey
    • Experimentaiton
    • Case Study

More will come, but more will not be written for this post, as it’s not going to be what I will be posting for the month itself, but rather just is a post for now for what people might look out for.

In September, I am thinking of switching gears to “30 Days of Web Development” as I have been wanting to work on that.  Work such as that I will be posting on the Datse Multimedia site, and I will try to keep the Jigme Datse Site up to date as to what is going where.  Or at least mentioning what is going where.

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