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Too much Lovecraft will kill you

I was also meaning to mention this Bad Science entry, concerning the response to the ridicule poured on a paper attacking evidence-based medicine from a hardline postmodern perspective (hardline enough, that is, that other postmodernists were accusing them of losing the plot). I particularly liked the authors of the original paper objecting strenuously and being highly offended at the use of the word "lynch", without at any point apologising for calling their opponents "fascists" (including one of the founders, who served in the International Brigades). You could make it up . . . but it wouldn't be half as funny.

I find it wonderful that people object to science privileging some perspectives over others . . . that's what science is all about. Arguing over results or processes, or who gets to be involved, or who makes the decisions, or many other things, is fine, but this is like watching people complaining that the rain's wet and expecting it to change for them.
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That reminds me - did you see the paper suggesting some evidence based medicine fanatics take part in a trial to see if parachutes save lives of people falling from great heights? In the BMJ from memory.
Indeed, yes. I thought it made its point rather better than the one I just mentioned did.
re: the subject line - faint snigger as I remember that Lovecraft is also the name of a Toronto sex toy store, which puts a very different spin on matters.
people complaining that the rain's wet and expecting it to change for them

This reminds me somehow of one of those ghastly Have Your Say vox pop things on the BBC site, about climate change, in which someone commented that it was a sign of man's terrible arrogance that he believed he was capable of affecting (negatively or otherwise) something as immutable and omnipotent as Mother Nature.

Arrogant or not, it's still bloody happening!
The crazy thing is, people do try to apply these sort of ideas.

I've encountered just today a whole mass of problems in Shiny New Job regarding some people who want to assess clinical skills by 'reflective essay', which is basically when someone writes about what they did, how they felt about it, and whether they'd do it differently another time.

All very well when you're talking about communication skills or even business management; not as useful when you're reporting removing a tumour from a cat.