New research says that social media users tend to believe any statement that starts with “new research says”.
Five years ago I proposed that “coconut is mammal”.
After years of further in-depth observation, today I declare that “Coconut is indeed mammal: it is bony, has fur, and produces milk.”
In 2013, I warned those who feel special: “Remember that even if you’re one in a million, that means there are 1,324 people in China that are similar to you”.
In 2016, a little revision needed. It is 1,355 — yes, you’re less special today than three years ago.
Answering the wrong questions really well is worse than giving wrong answers to the right questions.