You are not logged in. Login or Signup
Home » links » Link 931150 | Random (Thread)

This is a normal post Its always easy to dismiss studies that result in something that is regarded as "common sense"
But there are several boring but important points to be made:
1) If we didn't have empirical evidence for stuff that is supposedly common sense, then we'd never change or evolve as a society. Take this study for example, if you were a child psychologist wanting to develop a new psychlogical therapy for children, would it be good science to just assume "oh all parents just lie to their kids" or would you test it out? Its often the case that what appears "common sense" or "stuff that everyone knows" isn't actually the case. See here for an excellent demonstration of that: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_misconceptions

2) What is as obvious as "bears shit in the woods" to you may only be because of your social context. Your "truth" may be very different from the "truth" of someone who lives a tribal existence in Papa New Guinea.

3)What if the study had found out that in fact barely any parents lie to their children? The whole point of science is to test things to see if they're true. If we just sat back and went "everything is obvious, we know it all already" we'd never make any new discoveries.

I'm spent now.
(, Wed 23 Jan 2013, 13:44, Reply)
This is a normal post Drivel is perhaps harsh on my part.
For me the value in the research is in the various methods of lying it highlights. It's given me more ideas on how to warp the development of my offspring.
(, Wed 23 Jan 2013, 13:49, Reply)
This is a normal post My favourite is "Daddy isn't coming hme tonight, because you don't love him enough"
I feel bad when I say it, but the look of relief on his face when I walk through the door every evening....well, it makes it all worthwhile.
(, Wed 23 Jan 2013, 13:57, Reply)
This is a normal post I flicked through a book in a charity shop once, called "Lies to tell children"
(or something like that.)
My favourite was "Wine makes mummy clever".
(, Wed 23 Jan 2013, 14:00, Reply)
This is a normal post Lies to Tell Small Kids
By Andy Riley of Bunny Suicides fame. Excellent book, my favourite is "your grandmother is a cold war sleeper agent, who is programmed to destroy all humans. her code word is badmington."
(, Wed 23 Jan 2013, 23:47, Reply)
This is a normal post Ouch!
Father Christmas. Two precious months in every year of good behaviour.
(, Wed 23 Jan 2013, 14:02, Reply)
This is a normal post But what if the day comes where, god forbid, you don't come home....
That would be a tad harsh
(, Wed 23 Jan 2013, 17:28, Reply)