Science Speak Goes For a Test Drive
But with Anna firmly entrenched on the science track, the pendulum is swinging. Last week, we attended a gathering for students in Anna's program at the School of Public Health. Being hopelessly socially awkward, I had been waiting for this moment with a mix of anticipation and dread. Anna's program is 6-to-1 women, so my initial plan was to seek out other husbands, let slip I was a sportswriter and then try to talk about that for the evening. I love to talk about myself. But there were no other husbands around. Plan B was ScienceSpeak, which I have been thinking about since Anna was accepted to school in March, but not yet perfected. So far I've derived two sentences
- Well, so much depends on the funding
- But, can those results be replicated?
I know exactly three things about open-wheel racing.
- Its fans believe that NASCAR people are same people who think that Guns'n'Roses' "November Rain" video qualifies as classical music.
- That there was some big squabble at the administrative end, so for some reason there are two circuits that are struggling to make money rather than one that might consolidate interest in the sport.
- Everyone who knows understands that Danica Patrick (link slightly unsafe for work) is just eye candy, and that if you want a real female driver, you should watch Katherine Legge.
It was, however, a crushing defeat for ScienceSpeak. But Anna has plenty of years left in epidemiology. So at this point in the season, it could still go either way.
- Posted by BrooklynDodger at December 11, 2005 3:33 PM | Permanent Link to this Comment
- Posted by Form at December 11, 2005 7:31 PM | Permanent Link to this Comment
- Posted by Rich at December 12, 2005 7:28 AM | Permanent Link to this Comment
What about confounding?
What did the power calculation say?
How do you think that will impact the Odds Ratio?
I find that saying that something the other person said "sounds suspiciously like something Hitler would say" is a good closer.
Also, you might want to work in "maximizing your utility curve" into the conversation. I know that is more economics, but I find it works in many different contexts.