“A Devil’s Dictionary of Behavioral Science Research Terms”

With apologies to Ambrose Bierce
(Appeared in the Journal of Occupational Psychology)

http://iis.stat.wright.edu/munsup.seoh/Box3_Bottom/A%20Devil%27s%20Dictionary.htm
“MANIPULATION CHECK – A handy device that allows the researcher to dispose of data from subjects who stubbornly refuse to conform to the experimenter’s perception of reality.”

“In logic, Antisthenes was troubled by the problem of universals. As a proper nominalist, he held that definition and predication are either false or tautological, since we can only say that every individual is what it is, and can give no more than a description of its qualities, e. g. that silver is like tin in colour.[21] Thus he disbelieved the Platonic system of Ideas. “A horse,” said Antisthenes, “I can see, but horsehood I cannot see.”[22] Definition is merely a circuitous method of stating an identity: “a tree is a vegetable growth” is logically no more than “a tree is a tree.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisthenes

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