Rose-Colored Glasses
Megan Reynolds
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There is a frequent theme in your articles; you assume that all of your readers have the same pre-conceptions and ideas that you do. This is certainly not true. Look at the following examples:

“ The great thing about studies is that for the most part, they generally prove that everything you thought about the world is correct.” (BTW, if studies “for the most part” agree with the answers you’ve already decided on… well, there’s a name for that; it’s called “confirmation bias” or a “news bubble.” Even if you disagree with the conclusions of studies that don’t support your assumptions, there’s a reason something is a matter of controversy at all, and it’s helpful to know what those reasons are.)

“ Science, that tricky beast, confirms what you’ve always suspected to be true”

“This, for me, is the most interesting, as it corroborates the generally-held notion…”

And some of your conclusions seem a bit of a stretch… the more well-off have their eyes dart around frequently under certain artificial situations; and from that you conclude they lack empathy? An equally-supported alternate explanation could be the well-off were more bored by these tasks, or drink more coffee.

By the way, “studies” do not “generally prove that everything [the researcher] thought about the world is correct.” The whole point of a scientific study is to answer a question, and let the chips fall where they may. Certainly a researcher will be pleased if their hypothesis is correct, but it’s not correct to say this is “generally” the case. Quite a lot of studies ask a question for which the answer turns out to be “no.” And that’s a valid and useful (even essential!) outcome. In fact, in many cases, discovering that the evidence does not support a generally-accepted hypothesis is often more significant than confirming it.

Indeed, that is how progress is made, by discarding old ideas and taking advantage of new ones. If the only things that were studied were questions in which the answers were already known, why run them at all? Supporting a thesis means support is lessened for the antithesis.

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