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General Discussion / Re: So what do we all look like?
« Last post by SkeptiQueer on January 22, 2018, 05:51:25 PM »
Shitty picture of MAI WAIF



action shot of me and our minister reviewing the vows:


Super awesome pic of the cake topper my BIL's fiancee made as a wedding present


I'm the penguin, FYI. Tried to make the case for a professional photog, but was overuled by six-digit student debt
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Suggestions / Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Last post by Jeremy's Sea on January 22, 2018, 05:50:26 PM »
If you hold a PhD you are a Dr. That doesn't always mean MD though. My friend is a doctor of film studies, but your mileage may vary.
Have you perchance heard of Scientology?
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Tech Talk / Re: NASA Might Have Accidentally Discovered Faster-than-Light Travel
« Last post by John Albert on January 22, 2018, 05:48:51 PM »
No, Star Trek's warp drive is science fiction. The Alcubierre drive is someone's proposal of how such a drive might be able to work in the real universe.

Is there verified, replicated evidence that it works?

If not, then it's not science, it's science fiction.
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Richard tweeted this last night:

"Psychologists always report how many men & women in a study, but that data is never used - maybe time to stop reporting it unless study about sex differences?"

I asked: So it's not relevant if a study only tested one sex?

Reply: no more or less than something like height, no

What do people think?

First, I doubt that they "never" use the gender information. But regardless, the demographic characteristics of the sample are important, in particular, if one wants to attempt to replicate the results.

ETA: Or, perhap more fundamentally, it is important that the treatment groups be closely matched on factors, such as sex, that for which the treatment effect could differ.
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General Discussion / Re: Aziz Ansari allegations
« Last post by John Albert on January 22, 2018, 05:41:40 PM »
Yeah... projection. I get it.

I'll just leave this thread now. Should have listened to my better judgment in the first place. 

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Obviously he would have more of an idea than me as to whether its needed or not but it seems like it is helpful to be able to control for gender differences in studies.

If we dont need the information now, its no harm to have it for later?
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I don't think it will be irrelevant until we've actually reached a post-gender society.
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I'd say leave it in.  If you have a study that's heavily skewed one way or the other it may not apply as broadly as you'd think if you don't know that its 90 percent men the study.  It may also have value for later meta analysis.
I don't see having more data to slice as being a bad thing necessarily either. Of course people may use it for political reasons, however, this is the constant fight we have over all scientific data it seems anywyay
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General Discussion / Re: So what do we all look like?
« Last post by Jeremy's Sea on January 22, 2018, 05:31:22 PM »
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For AQB before I cut it all off, she being a fan and all of my beard...  :laugh:
Also I was hoping for Vikings and not crazy wizards.

edit: huh, can I not link from Imgur? Bah.
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I'd say leave it in.  If you have a study that's heavily skewed one way or the other it may not apply as broadly as you'd think if you don't know that its 90 percent men the study.  It may also have value for later meta analysis. 
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