Can't wait to quote MC Hammer in my (hopefully eventual) MSc thesis one day. I am also working on risk of bias assessments of clinical trials today so am as always thinking about the broader ecosystem of judgment and knowledge-creation in which we do scientific work...
Which is to say that my thinking about questions about truth and certainty and reliability in the humanities (and the systems of power and relation in which they circulate) is what drives my interest in the sciences as well, and why I care so much about evidence synthesis.
This morning/afternoon, I'm attending a symposium on automation for systematic reviews, and the questions of who creates the automation and what underlying philosophies or assumptions we use to automate synthesis (as with any form of automation) are deeply important!
I also think that "when you measure, include the measurer" is probably how I would define the stakes of defining one's methodology in all fields. "When you read, include the reader," and so on.
And this is why I always - even and especially in my burgeoning scientific education and work - return to @zugenia's exercise on "knowing from"…
I also think about how for so long I misunderstood "methods" as merely "tools."

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