- "There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics." -Mark Twain
One of my favorite quotes I pull out when talking about 'hard' vs 'soft' sciences.+Peter DO Smith
- Haha, I 'got' it (the humor, that is) in your response with Uncle Vinny as a reference... ;) And then had a giggle fit for a second over your example - atheist fundamentalists
? I can see it, being that all "belief" systems have extremists as I've seen so far. Nice!
But! Perhaps in your view many look only at the numbers when doing quantitative studies, but there are just as many qualitative (though harder to measure in metrics sometimes) that bring in the "human" element rather than being just numbers only, so that's some reassurance perhaps?
It's still a numbers game - 'on the ground only' studies are difficult, expensive, and harder to measure - frequently they're experiments in sociological studies, attempting to quantify actions, belief structures, needs and the lack of resources among many other items, in order to give a stepping stone for more quantitative studies, including focus areas, potential patterns of behavior that can be proven or dis-proved.
And, as I've stated here in the realm of G+ through several different conversations, "The best studies are those that use a combination of methods - in both qualitative and quantitative measurements."+Pascal Wallisch
- Hah!! Hate I missed that one - my memory's fairly hazy (MS and it's meds do a good job of keeping me honest, or I'd forget I lied and get caught within the next sentence or two!)... but it seems I either read a blog post or perhaps even followed that debate without chiming in (Oh my... I really musta been in a fog if I didn't throw my two cents in!)
But I do remember, IRL, having a nice debate on the topic, since I'd read something
on it somewhere!