Honestly, it would have been much better to quote the Black article he's ripping chunks out of.
Sure, but that wasn't the (obviously first year) writing assignment in his English class.
People need to understand that there's a loose hierarchy of knowledge. From most useless to most usefull:
sh*t you made up and wish were true: Gabji level knowledge.
Your personal experience related to everyone else on the planet at a leverage of 1 to 6,000,000,000: Most people's level of knowledge, AKA, My kid got a flu shot then got sick, the flu shot makes you sick.
sh*t you googled and didn't think about: The level on display here. AKA, Most people I know don't know how to use a search engine, so I assume my magical power to do so allows me to settle any augment without doing anything else.
Basic logic: Most above average intelligence people. AKA, just because crime rates went down as gun sales went up doesn't mean guns caused less crime.
Basic statistical understanding: Understanding variance, etc. Knowing when "New study shows apples cure cancer" is bullsh*t based on the other 900 studies that didn't find this, etc. Almost never seen here, maybe 4 or 5 posters capable of this, and most too lazy to bother much of the time as there's no reward.
Advanced understanding of systems theory and logical interaction in regards to human behavior. Extremely rare intuitive grasp of human nature coupled with extensive study of same and it's mathematical underpinnings to develop a system of analysis capable of understanding why people react a certain way to most situations, and frequently to predict same with reasonable accuracy in excess of randomness. - Me.
Edited, Jan 17th 2013 10:13am by Smasharoo