• jorndoe
    658
    :D

    A new study proves parachutes are useless
    Scotty Hendricks
    Big Think
    Dec 2018


    Just FYI, no, parachutes are not useless.
  • SophistiCat
    724
    If not for the "caveat," I would have expected the "no contact at 30 days" group to be 12 out of 12 :)
  • ssu
    1.1k
    From the article:
    In order to get people to agree to take part in the study, the scientists had to structure the experiment properly. The airplane was both on the ground and stationary, as they thought it would be impossible to get people to agree to leap from a moving plane several thousand feet up without a parachute. The authors admit this was a "minor caveat" in the study's design.

    Now this of course was a joke. But many times similar "minor caveats" are admitted to various "scientific" tests where some agenda is pushed forward and people want scientific testing to back the agenda up. And unfortunately, the "minor caveats" open only to those who know the field of study extremely well.
  • Jamesk
    317
    i read it and was reminded of the story that when seen scientifically bee's can't fly. The caveat there was comparing bee's to airplanes dynamics assuming that bee's fly 'fixed wing' like planes which they obviously don't.
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