Mark Twain strikes again.


Last week’s coverage of “recession depression” sparked a lot of interest, discussion and further commentary it seems. This morning my friend MrsBYork tweeted me a link to Ben Goldacre’s thoughtful and insightful piece from Saturday’s Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/apr/09/ben-goldacre-bad-science-antidepressants). As a researcher by training I appreciate Goldacre’s decision to go behind the statistics as so many journalists, as he rightly points out, fail to do.  If economy is to blame for anything it is the desire to draw snappy yet inaccurate headlines from a partial reading of the information presented to journalists. Apologies to any journalists reading this who try and do the opposite, maybe the rest could learn from Ben in trying to present a more balanced and enlightening picture from the facts. For the rest, remember what Mark Twain said about statistics. Now can we have that mature discussion of the causes of depression?

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