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A Startling Proposal

Top panel of three, see first link. Year axis in on bottom panel.
The suggestion has been made that predictions made by scientific studies be checked against Actual Results in what TOF joshingly refers to as "The Real World™." A band of intrepid researchers have compared the actual rates of glioma to the rates expected by the seminal Swedish study linking them to cell phone use. The graph to the right covers non-Hispanic white males from 1992/97 to 2008. Corrections were made for the delay of onset. The results are discussed less dauntingly here.

As we can see, the rate of gliomas has remained essentially unchanged even while cell phone use was skyrocketing. The exponential curve is where we would expect to find glioma rates if we took the predictions of the Swedish study as, well, predictions. What a notion!

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houseboatonstyx
Jan. 7th, 2015 08:32 pm (UTC)
Something like that happened a couple of decades ago in San Diego. There was a prediction that as cell phone ownership went up, so would traffic accidents. Didn't happen. So the scientists went back to their labs, comparing quiz results while using a cell phone to results after X number of beers, and got results they liked better, which have been publicized ever since.
headnoises
Jan. 11th, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC)
*sad* If you don't get the answer you want, keep asking slightly different questions until you get one you can use.....
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