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Abstract vs. paper

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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“ROAR!” said the abstract of the scientific paper. “Mew!” said the actual data in the paper.

Full credit to @Geistb0t for the visual joke. I liked it so much I had to turn it into a single-image meme. I will probably find several uses for it on PainScience.com, but this it’s most obvious new home: The “Impress Me” Test: Most controversial therapies are fighting over scraps of “positive” evidence that damn them with faint praise.

See also this older one, expressing almost exactly the same idea in a very different way:

Also fun! But cats are better. 🐱