Dedicated to all the social media scientists:
The Forer effect (also called the Barnum Effect after P.T. Barnum's observation that "we've got something for everyone") is the observation that individuals will give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically for them, but are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people. This effect can provide a partial explanation for the widespread acceptance of some beliefs and practices, such as astrology, fortune telling, and some types of personality tests.
A related and more generic phenomenon effect is that of subjective validation. Subjective validation occurs when two unrelated or even random events are perceived to be related because a belief, expectancy, or hypothesis demands a relationship. Thus people seek a correspondence between their perception of their personality and the contents of a horoscope.
We get it Asher.
Isaiah Berlin said: "To understand is to perceive patterns."
"Perceiving patterns is a prerequisite for understanding. Understanding itself is inferring the reasons for those patterns to exist. ..."
Do we perceive reality? Create it? Are we oblivious to it?
The cliché 'the only dumb question is the one not asked' has a veracity. Why dismiss people of friendly chatter as "social media scientists"? Dripping condensation chills my neck, dripping condescension opens up my nose.
Well, if it were innocent friendly chatter I would not bother. But this friendly chatter is getting disabled, desperate, innocent people to spend money they can ill afford to spend on pseudo science.
To practice "To understand is to perceive patterns" you need to possess some thought discipline and integrity. What is your null hypothesis? What is your sample size? How many 'healthy' controls will you include? What is your interval of confidence? The trigger question has and is being addressed by scientists, so far to little avail.
Yes, you are practicing worthless 'social media science' and since the so called CCSVI has serious financial and health implications I will speak up. your back and nose don't impress me.