Re: memetics-digest V1 #1017

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Date: Sun Apr 14 2002 - 20:13:09 BST

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    on 14.4.2002 18:36, memetics-digest at wrote:

    >> It suggests that watching
    >> violence on TV DOES lead to a greater propensity for violent behavior
    >> in the
    >> viewer.

    Let's make a thought experiment!

    Let's first assume for the sake of argument that we have a hypothesis which
    states that
    "watching violence on TV creates violent behaviour in the viewer".
    How do we construct a test to prove this hypothesis correct?


    Now let's build up another hypothesis from a different starting point:
    "Watching violence on TV DOES NOT produce violent behaviour in the viewer"
    Now I ask you to provide a means to test this hypothesis!

    Reflect this dilemma for a minute and then answer me : is there any possible
    way to prove either one of these opposing views correct in any other than
    statistical way? This means simple counting of cases...

    Falsifiability does not enter into these hypotheses and that's their

    My point: simplified schemes DO NOT produce relevant results!
    Any human behaviour is a construct of various parameters and only a fool
    would make decisions based on one plain test set-up!

    np. Flught

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