Social science experiments

Saw this in a comment somewhere.

There have been a huge number of studies using rats and mice negotiating mazes. They purport to do things such as testing whether drugs enhance or impare functioning.

So some people, for whatever reason, decided to test the tests. To see if the maze tests actually tested what the people thought they tested. In essence: they took a rat’s eye view of the mazes, “if I were a rat in the maze how would I “see” things.” They started, and went on an on, eliminating clues that rats would use, urine trails, hair drops, on and on, vibrations from outside traffic, all kinds of things I don’t even remember. Several times they thought they got it right, then they discovered there was some other clue the rats were using.

Finally, they did get it right. No clues for the rats, all of the clues finally eliminated. Then, testing the tests. None of the tests of drugs etc. could be reproduced. None of them. The rats had been negotiating the mazes based on clues in the mazes and surroundings.

The point of all that is: the researchers may actually have got what they say they got, but it isn’t reproducible because they don’t understand what was “exactly right” for that test.

Even when it works they don’t know why.

Turnbull shows Morrison was right

I still cannot see that Scott Morrison did anything wrong but here is the proof: Malcolm Turnbull says he should not have done it.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the most troubling part of Scott Morrison’s secret appointments to five portfolios is “no one stopped him”….

“There is something profoundly wrong that someone didn’t stand up and say ‘stop it ScoMo, this is bonkers’ and that’s what worries me the most.”

Still don’t see the nature of the problem.

John Howard is yesterday’s man and should keep his thoughts to himself

I came across this yesterday morning in The OZ: “Donald Trump is not fit for office: John Howard”.

John Howard has described ­Donald Trump’s behaviour as “appalling” and “atrocious” for not accepting the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election and seeking to overturn the result, and declared him utterly “unfit” to return to the White House.

It continues from there in the same vein. For a third-rate politician who was blessed with having Peter Costello as Treasurer and for which I cannot recall any serious accomplishment, except to lose his own seat in trying to “fix” industrial relations, he really doesn’t know when to shut up.

Trump so outclassed everyone and especially Hillary and Biden, that if Howard were capable of learning he would keep his mouth shut. He’s a typical Democrat with not a policy thought worth considering.