We don’t lack for examples of bad science. But I picked this one because it is backward rationalization, or finding the result you want to achieve, and then faking the data to back it up.
They did it in this case with (a) valid data and (b) an invalid interpretation of that data.
Headline: Murder rates affect IQ tests scores: study
If a murder occurred in a child’s neighborhood — an area of roughly six to 10 square blocks as denoted by the U.S. Census — the children’s test scores fell by an average of half a standard deviation, Sharkey reported.
On an IQ test using 100 as the average or norm, one standard deviation is 15 points. So if a child took the test within a week of a local murder, his or her score was 7-8 points lower on average than the score of a similar child in a similar neighborhood where there was no murder. – Reuters
If you look at the above, you’ll see some salient facts:
Think about how absurd this is. They’re taking a statistic, basing it on the idea that everyone scores a “normal” IQ score of 100, and then assuming that people who score lower are missing points because a murder occurred nearby.
They didn’t test them before the murders.
Yet they make the assumption that the murder caused the low IQ score, and not the other way around: something else groups low IQ people and murders in the same neighborhood.
They also quickly leapt to the universal justification — “this reduces the black/white IQ gap, and therefore increases equality!” — without pointing out all the black success stories who have higher IQs, or all the white failure stories who have lower IQs.
Since leftists specialize in accusations of racism, I think I’ll turn this around on them — this article, which clearly hopes to pander to the vast Crowd of leftists who want to believe we’re all equal because we’re equal inside (our souls, although they can’t use such religious language) is flamingly racist, and here’s why:
In short, there’s a whole lot of bad, angry, and grossly stupid thinking going on here, in the name of “science,” which we like to assume is infallible, even though as this article demonstrates “science” is created by individuals, many of whom pander to the desires of the crowd.
Look for articles in the future proving that if you’ve failed in this life, in a quantum universe there’s a parallel world in which you’re rich, smart, successful and having sex with supermodels. As soon as it occurs to these “scientific” idiots, I’m sure they’ll publish it.