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Sunday, April 21, 2013

I was reading one of those articles where you have to scroll over/ they present one piece of info at a time (I hate that format, by the way:). Anyway, I always read the comments on articles because I think they offer interesting -in a positive or negative way- insight into what people are thinking.

So today, I clicked on one of those health tips articles: http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.c
and was reading the comments. My main takeaway was - I wonder if the average person understands research? Some of these things are a little counterintuitive (but not really if you follow obesity research - none were new ideas), but if something was counterintuitive or contrary to someone's anecdotal evidence, then the person completely dismissed the findings, picking and choosing which they "agreed with." I went to a research-oriented university and worked in research for many years, so it's hard for me to think back to what I would have thought before that experience... I think it's good to have a healthy amount of skepticism, especially with small studies, and/or new things found only in one study so far or only in animal studies, etc. But even when it's something that's been found again and again in large and/or replicated studies, so many people are quick to completely dismiss it. How can we ever grow as individuals and a society if we can't look outside of our current knowledge and beliefs to consider new information?

I guess it just makes me kind of sad. emoticon
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