So, this is it. I figure I have 25 good summers left in me to enjoy if I'm lucky and I'll start with this one, so I have moved on from this blog as well as have world events. There's a healthy dose of literature out there from authoritative sources which adequately challenges the manufactured conventional wisdom that was essentially pushing this country into another war,so no one needs this blog if they ever did.
So let me leave you guys with a true story as my last post:
As undergraduate students in the "hard" sciences, we were trained in the proper process of conducting scientific experiments, and in judging the reliability of experiments that others had conducted. We were told early on about a particular example of what could go wrong:
A scientist placed three groups of ordinary lab rats into three separate cages, and labeled each of the cages with a sign that indicated whether it contained smart rats, dumb rats, or averagely-intelligent rats.
He then told his students to administer standard intelligence tests to the rats in each cage by measuring how fast the rats could learn to run through a maze.
The students had seen the signs on each cage, and so naturally, the students' test results proved the smart rats were indeed smart, the average rats were average, and the dumb rats were dumb.
This experiment was taught to us as a lesson in the importance of double-blind studies.
But to me, there was another and more important lesson: that power was in the hands of not the little mouse who was fastest and smartest of all the rest of the mice, but with the guy who put the labels on the cages.