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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Studies Show . . . ???

The authority of objective scientific studies is often touted and used as an oft played trump card over many moral and biblical convictions. Even some sincere Christians will dump the Bible because the studies show. . . . Linked above is a rarely published discussion of the obvious. Scientific claims of conclusive information more often than not turn out to be not so conclusive after all. This report serves as another drop in thebucket of my chagrin regarding the indefinite results of very definitive claims from the scientific community. The article notes: "New research highlights a frustrating fact about science: What was good for you yesterday frequently will turn out to be not so great tomorrow." "The sobering conclusion came in a review of major studies published in three influential medical journals between 1990 and 2003, including 45 highly publicized studies that initially claimed a drug or other treatment worked." "Subsequent research contradicted results of seven studies - 16 percent - and reported weaker results for seven others, an additional 16 percent. That means nearly one-third of the original results did not hold up, according to the report in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association." Amazingly, one researcher concluded, "The general public should not panic" about refuted studies, he said. "We all need to start thinking more critically." Really? More critical thinking by rational people might actually lead to a more moral, perhaps biblical mindset. I'm not sure our Adamic nature will allow that to happen.


Blogger mrclm said...

Is it possible to be truly objective? (my answer is NO!) We are all guilty of bringing our presuppositions to the table.

Big Chris
Because I said so blog

7/13/2005 08:35:00 PM  
Blogger Bret Capranica said...

Agendas and presuppositions are two different things.

7/14/2005 07:24:00 AM  

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