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Can People Distinguish Pâté from Dog Food?
Asking the important questions. The conclusion: "Although 72% of subjects ranked the dog food as the worst of the five samples in terms of taste (Newell and MacFarlane multiple comparison, P<0.05), subjects were not better than random at correctly identifying the dog food."
Outside the US, it's pretty hard to infer someone's left/right position from their views on abortion!
A plot
A shocking share of the public thinks randomized trials are immoral
"Across the different studies conducted with different subgroups, an overwhelming majority was okay with either doing the badge or doing the poster. A much smaller majority was okay with testing which worked better: 40-50% thought that randomization was inappropriate. Even if each policy would be okay with them, people felt that it was unethical to conduct a study to learn which one worked better. People don’t only feel this way about hospital policies. ... In all ... cases except the last one, people felt the same way. Option 1? Fine. Option 2? Fine. Random assignment between Option 1 and Option 2, for the sake of learning which works better? Not fine."