Since my flight was in the evening and it's between Nov 1 and Jul 5, of course it's cloudy, dark, and raining. So it's like being in your parents' house during a power failure. If I hadn't lived here once, I'd be completely lost, instead of just disoriented and uncertain.
In short, variation in experimental design alone would be expected to produce a bell curve of outcomes, and an even more important effect is that frequently studies are not studying precisely the same aspect of a problem. (One example from the article is that a medication to treat aspects of bipolar disorder may be more effective against bipolar i vs. ii, or more effective against mania than depression, etc., so a graph of "effectiveness against bipolar disorder" that groups all these will be all over the place.)
In the end, even what seems like overwhelming evidence for one side may be worryingly unconvincing if you go and find that there is also overwhelming evidence for the other side.
✓ In class naked
✓ Attractive women laughing
✓ No clue what the lecture is about
✓ Research deadline fast approaching
✓ Important lab equipment missing
✓Suddenly remember signing up for a class I that completely forgot to attend
Brain, what the heck is wrong with you?
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