As Damian & Roberts point out a result can be both statistically significant and practically meaningless – something obviously not taught in any sociology department in the world.
Parashat Va’yaitzai 5776: Rejecting Invitations
Learning Torah has a myriad of benefits, not least of which is that one who has wide access to the writings of Chazal will never be taken by surprise by anything which occurs in human experience.
False positive results need not be the result of fraud or lack of due diligence, they may just be bad luck as Fowler & Montagnes demonstrate. They offer a couple of – non fail safe – recommendations on how to avoid such pitfalls.
My first reaction to Berkowitz et al. was
‘So what’, as I tend to consider typical school math tuition between worthless and nonexistent and to assume all basic math is learnt at home or not at all. But it seems this intervention especially helps children of innumeric and math-anxious parents. If true this would make it an exceptionally valuable result. Read the rest of this entry »
The #1 question I receive – several times a day – is this: “Shmuel, what can we do to solve the problem of Arab terror in Israel?” I certainly understand why people ask this question since almost every day, knife attacks are perpetrated across the country. Just this week, Jews were stabbed in Rishon LeZion and Netanya, adding these cities to the sad list of cities in which Read the rest of this entry »
Journalist Shalom Yerushalmi wrote that the current ‘Knife Intifada’ broke out because of me. Since the assassination attempt on Rabbi Yehudah Glick a year ago, PM Netanyah, taking his directive from the Muslim wakf, prohibits me from visiting the Temple Mount. So the claim that a year after I was personally exiled from the Mount, the Arabs have suddenly remembered Feiglin – and because of him, have started to slaughter Jews in the streets – sounds absurd. Read the rest of this entry »
Male faculty for STEM subjects tend to reject studies that assert gender bias in their fields. So this is proof for their own gender bias and prejudiced rejection of female colleagues – at least according to Handley et al. Maybe so. But if Read the rest of this entry »
Some of the scientists involved in Boyajian et al. speculate that all the natural explanations examined so far come up short in one way or another and we ought to consider an extraterrestrial civilisation at work here. Maybe so. Let us wait and see and them come up with some evidence. What they published so far is entirely valid.
Life has adapted to and survived in the real world and its wildly variable and changing climates, so it should be obvious, that (nearly) all its feedbacks have to be negative and its physiological changes limited. It seems this has been obvious to all but the adherents of the man-made global warming religion, Read the rest of this entry »