Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Personal experience vs collected experience.

This post by Jen at Blag Hag is a year old, but worth reading. It's a good bash at the whole "I got spanked as a kid and I'm fine so it should be allowed" form of argument. It's an annoying argument that was bandied around quite a lot last year when we were having the referendum on the repeal of section 59 a couple of years ago. When you are looking at populations there are always outliers. Without the context that is provided by collecting data from significant portions of the population, a single personal experience is worthless in helping us figure out what is worth doing as a society and what is not.

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