Principle 12: Studies

Sometimes, there are multiple studies on a subject that contradict each other.  How do you know which study is correct?

You use the “Studies Matrix,” which asks a fixed set of questions.  We will be delving into the Studies Matrix in a future post.

When we quote contradictory studies, we will tell you which studies pass the Studies Matrix Questions Test.

Principle 13: Studies Matrix

Here are the questions that make up the Studies Matrix:

  1. How old is the study?
  2. Who is the author of the study?
  3. How many samples were taken?
  4. What is the past record of the author of the study?
  5. How often did the author of the study show bias, if at all?
  6. Is the author moral or amoral?
  7. If the author is moral, are they conservative, moderate, or liberal?
  8. How does the public view the author?
  9. How long has the author been doing studies?
  10. What is the level of education of the author?
  11. How many years of life experience does the author have?
  12. Does the author publish their study and quit or do they periodically review their study to see if they made any mistakes?
  13. How long did the author spend on the study?
  14. Is the author a single individual or a group of persons?
  15. Did the author receive funding from biased supporters for their study?

There are over a thousand more questions that must be asked.  We will be posting these additional questions over time.

Principle 30: Inescapability

Inescapability is the characteristic of the human mind of being unable to not believe and/or not know something and/or of not simply having the impact of believing and/or knowing something.  In other words, you are always, actually or in effect, locked in to some idea.  Even when you experience a blank mind, you are locked in to something – the impact of the knowledge that you have a blank mind.  Note that, if there were moments of “no lockage,” there would still be “eventual inescapability.”