Media and scientific interpretation

April 15, 2009

Jeffrey R. Young interviewed Aryn C. Karpinski, for an article in The Chronicle

http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/3711/does-facebook-lower-academic-performance-its-still-too-soon-to-say

Basically, the hype about Facebook lowering academic performance has been an overstatement of her early findings, and completely ignores what we should all know from our first introduction to stats: correlation does not imply causality.

I see a lot of reporting — medical, educational, etc., where research studies are interpreted in a Very Sloppy Manner and all kinds of bizarre conclusions follow.

Part of a world that simply needs greater critical thinking (so let’s teach it!)