Given the rigour with which I, and I’m sure many others, have been scouring the news channels and reputable internet news sites I suppose it should not be surprising that certain constantly recurring statements should begin to grate on the nerves.
I am referring to two statements in particular that are repeated again and again. These being “Research shows” and “Researchers have indicated”.
Who’s research has indicted the claimed results? Who are these researchers? Are they actually qualified enough to perform the claimed research? What experience have they of performing such research if their previous project was on the price of potatoes over a period of 30 years in a small market town in Berkshire? Can you detail the extent of the research i.e. was it a trawl of learned publications or experts on the subject or was it “a quick punt about on the internet?
You see my point? None of the above questions ever seem to be addressed which to my mind (yes OK, maybe I’m a mistrusting soul, but I can’t help that) means the claimed research may well be suspect.
Just because someone claims research has been done or that researchers have evidence for something or other, in and of itself does not guarantee anything meaningful has been produced and therefore should we give it any credence?
So am I being reasonable in raising these doubts or is it paranoia?
You decide, because I am no longer sure.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in