Originally Posted by Tannhauser
The problem is -and this will sound very arrogant - is that most people don't have a clue how science works. They think that a single published study establishes a conclusion. This is very far from the truth. Science works through a gradual accumulation of evidence. Findings need to be consistently repeated before the finding is considered robust. And studies need to be assessed on the quality of their evidence.
Makes me wonder how many people reading the one off studies read down to the bit that says "these differences were statistically insignificant" or other such disclaimers. Sure, some have significant differences, but a lot of folks just seem to read the abstract and decide thats all there is to know.