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Deep thought of the day: anecdotes really suck

Paul Ingraham ARCHIVEDMicroblog posts are archived and rarely updated. In contrast, most long-form articles on PainScience.com are updated regularly over the years.

I wrote this one day while working on my article about delayed onset muscle soreness, discussing a duel between positive and negative anecdotes about treating DOMS with massage.

But then I went and wrote a whole article about that particularly interesting idea: that people have often believed in “treatments” that are actually hurting them, like drinking mercury, and several other famous historical examples. If people have told a lot of success stories about dangerous treatments … well, that says a lot about just how wrong anecdotal evidence can be.

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