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caeli  ·  1540 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why people think total nonsense is really deep.

Not to mention the utter shittiness of the analysis. You can't interpret the numerical score on a Likert scale literally -- a score of 3 doesn't mean "profound" unless you have more context. This is why researchers using scale judgments convert them to z-scores so you can say whether they were rated more or less profound than the overall average rating. This all required you to have both unambiguously un-profound and profound statements as well as those in the middle. And as you said, there's no objective way to quantify the profundity!

This is why social psychology studies never replicate, they're all ridiculous crap like this.....