RE: Nuns Offer Clues to Alzheimer's and Aging

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    On 05/07/01 09:50, Vincent Campbell said this-

    >Rather atypical group though for generalisating to the wider population

    But the problem with most social science experiments, and most other
    psychological studies, is the _lack_ of cultural isolation in the subject
    population- which leads to uncounted and unaccountable variables to the
    data and the significant factors.

    This sort of group is more ideal for memetic and other social data
    acquisition precisely because of its cohesiveness and narrow range of


    Who would you _love_ to have as a subject in a media study- some kid from
    the MTV generation, or some kid born in a monastic and isolated retreat?

    The more clean from external input the vessel, the better for experiment.
    Which is why there is such an ethical dilemma for memetic research at all

    - Wade

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