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A flowchart for debating scientific studies?

Nerd alert: I love flowcharts. They can be used to learn the structure of an organization, find a solution to a problem, or determine if all connections really do lead back to actor Kevin Bacon. I've even used them as a self-diagnosis tool (allergies or sinus infection?). Well, it turns out flowcharts may also be useful when it comes to research. Dylan Matthews at's Wonkblog has come up with one for scientific studies called "How to argue with research you don't like."

The argument guide provides readers with a range of reasoned responses in a debate, from "This is a major contribution of unparalleled rigor" to "I urge you to tell the thousands this program has helped that it has failed to make their lives better." You might want to put a few in your pocket.


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