Outbreaks on demand
Epidemiology is a tricky science. Incompetent or malevolent folks can, and do, misuse it to make people believe as scientifically sound, all kind of false things. Be careful.
Choose a random point on a map. Draw ten circles around that point, with different radius. For example, ten circles from 10Km to 55Km, every 5Km. Now, choose a random, rare illness; say, leukemia.
The probability to find at least one of the circles you draw before, inside which leukemia cases (incidence) are higher then average is 99,9%. If you scan that same circle for other 5 tumor types, you have 96,9% probability to find at least another tumor whose incidence is above average. You can go on like that to find other tumor types to add to the list. In case, just add some other circle until you get there.
Finally, discard all circles and illnesses that do not match your needs and publish your “research”.
Your PERFECTLY FAKE cause-effect relationship is served!
Now, you know. You no longer have excuses to blindly believe all bullshit they want you to believe.
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Pubblicato il 27 maggio 2012, in A Little Bit of This and That, Cattiva Medicina, Parlando di scienza con tag causation, cause-effect, correlation, epidemiology, fake. Aggiungi il permalink ai segnalibri. Lascia un commento.