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  •  yeah, I agree (1+ / 0-)
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    about the 'I am a researcher' being an appeal to authority also.  But, I'm not alone at all in what I'm saying--virtually everyone I know who does health research would tell you the same thing: the case for second-hand smoking's effects have been overstated.  

    But, most folks are't going to spend their time paddling uphill trying to publish papers saying so, because it isn't PC and not generally worth the trouble trying to get people to think a little deeper about an issue they think is settled.

    Plus, it's extremely difficult to get papers published claiming a nonfinding. From an academic standpoint, there's a vested incentive in finding a relationship between x & y, because a paper generally won't get published if there isn't one.  So, even though there are papers out there showing a link between shs and health, you can't gauge how many studies have been done but aren't published because there was no finding.  (This is a philosophy of science issue I'm actually interested in that is broader than this particular issue)

    Finally, of course, few are going to try to publish papers showing that the claimsmakers are overstating their claims, especially if the claim is partially right.  There is no benefit to doing so, unless one can show that the overstatement is placing an undue burden on some subset of the population--in this instance, I think it is, but, frankly, most people don't care about the poor nor about smokers.

    •  they do care about their kids and themselves (0+ / 0-)

      i.e. they are the second hand in second-hand smoke ;-P

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Fri Oct 05, 2007 at 06:16:23 AM PDT

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