Questions that are rarely asked

by on April 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm in Philosophy, Science | Permalink

“Do studies about publication bias themselves suffer from publication bias?”

That is from MR reader Kevin Burke, who refers me to this post from the excellent Andrew Gelman.

1 revver April 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm

oh, oh, I love this game! How’s this: “Is a hermit crab without its shell naked, or homeless?”

2 Rahul April 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm

I love this recursion. How many levels of meta is this!

3 Barkley Rosser April 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Well, there you go. Given that Tyler has now “published” Kevin Burke’s comment, the question arises as to whether his comment about whether studies of publication bias have publication bias must be subjected to the same question: does his remark have publication bias? Ah ha! Anybody able to go the next level up?

4 Ted Craig May 1, 2012 at 9:02 am

But does publishing your comment on the comment have bias?

5 Miley Cyrax May 1, 2012 at 12:25 am

Something something INCEPTION something something WE MUST GO DEEPER.

6 Uninformed Observer May 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

I came to the comments to mock, and then I saw others had been here before me, and more ably.

Well played, sirs and madam.

7 Craig May 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

“The light dove, cleaving the air in her free flight, and feeling its resistance, might imagine that its flight would be still easier in empty space.” –Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason

Plainly, we are standing on the threshold of a new intellectual enterprise: a Critique of Academic Discourse.

8 Western Digital My Book Live Deals May 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Indeed this hasn’t been asked enough. I guess what we truly need in this age is real, relevant academic discourse. Too much things has been pulling us down. Let us pull ourselves back up to our old glory.

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