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Subject:Truth in Writing (joke) From:David A Lowe <29215 -at- EF -dot- GC -dot- MARICOPA -dot- EDU> Date:Tue, 29 Mar 1994 11:21:57 -0700
>>A KEY TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH LITERATURE
>> a: = What the writer said
>> b: = What the writer really meant
>>a. It has long been known that ...
>>b. I haven't bothered to look up the original reference, but ...
>>a. Of great theoretical and practical importance ...
>>b. Interesting to me.
>>a. While it has not been posible to provide definite answers to
>> these questions ...
>>b. The experiment didn't work out, but I figured I could at least
>> get a publication out of it.
>>a. The operant conditioning technique was chosen to study the problem
>>b. The fellow in the next lab already had the equipment set up.
>>a. Three of the Ss were chosen for detailed study ...
>>b. Results on the others didn't make sense.
>>a. Typical results are shown.
>>b. The best results are shown.
>>a. Agreement with the predicted curve is:
>> a. excellent b. fair
>> a. good b. poor
>> a. satisfactory b. doubtful
>> a. fair b. imaginary
>>a. It is suggested that...It is believed that... It may be that...
>>b. I think
>>a. It is generally believed that ...
>>b. A couple of other guys think so too.
>>a. It is clear that much additional work will be required before a
>> complete understanding ....
>>b. I don't understand it.
>>a. Unfortunately, a quantitative theory to account for these
>> results has not been formulated.
>>b. I can't think of one and neither can anyone else.
>>a. Correct within an order of magnitude ...
>>a. Thanks are due to Joe Clotz for assistance with the experiments
>> and to John Doe for valuable discussion.
>>b. Clotz did the work and Doe explained what it meant.
David Lowe Technical Writer
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