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post #31 of 34
Blind testing must be modified to deal with the possibility of people wrongly providing data suggesting no cable differences when there may indeed be a difference.
post #32 of 34
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Originally Posted by haloxt View Post
Blind testing must be modified to deal with the possibility of people wrongly providing data suggesting no cable differences when there may indeed be a difference.
There's nothing that needs to be modified as there is nothing about blind testing which dictates that because someone wasn't able to demonstrate actual audible differences that there are no or there can be no actual audible differences.

All it says is that it hasn't been shown to be so.

Or to put it another way, absence of proof is not proof of absence.

So anyone telling you that just because some blind test hasn't shown something to be so therefore it isn't so or can't possibly be so, doesn't know what they're talking about.

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post #33 of 34
I never disagreed with the fact that an improper test could give a false negative. Depending on how the blind test was done you could draw many different kinds of conclusions, which is what I'm talking about, nothing about what your first sentence in the post above suggests. You and I both know humans are fallible, prone to placebo or nocebo, ergo we have a choice, to give up trying to eliminate the possibility of placebo or other mental illusions or try to design an experiment that can address such things. It seems to me most people are satisfied with current test results and don't think new tests are necessary. That's fine by me, but the more I hear people say humans are fallible, the more it irks me they don't think it is necessary to try to find out ways to prevent such problems but still accept tests that do not account for these problems to (what I consider to be) a satisfactory degree. Most people prefer to just say we should give up testing because humans are fallible even though tests to date may not have satisfactorily accounted for the possibility of false negatives.
post #34 of 34
Ignoble prize coming...
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