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558 clicks; posted to STEM » on 16 Apr 2021 at 6:20 PM (3 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-04-16 2:09:30 PM  
Boomers trying to get into heaven ...
 
2021-04-16 7:39:27 PM  
It isn't the quality of the lawn. It's the possessiveness of said lawn.
 
2021-04-16 7:52:38 PM  
"We wanted to focus simply on people's willingness to exert effort on behalf of someone else, as this shouldn't depend on your wealth or the time you have available."

But did you control for those things? Because I don't think you just get to assert that they don't matter.

My very first thought when I saw this article was, "I wonder if the fact that older people are more financially secure and have more free time affects this." I feel like that's an inquiry that merits investigation.
 
2021-04-16 8:20:49 PM  
The older I get, the more I want a rock garden for a lawn.
 
2021-04-16 8:27:29 PM  

austerity101: "We wanted to focus simply on people's willingness to exert effort on behalf of someone else, as this shouldn't depend on your wealth or the time you have available."

But did you control for those things? Because I don't think you just get to assert that they don't matter.

My very first thought when I saw this article was, "I wonder if the fact that older people are more financially secure and have more free time affects this." I feel like that's an inquiry that merits investigation.


You either didn't read the article or didn't understand it. They used grip strength.
 
2021-04-16 8:28:58 PM  
Now do the same study comparing Republican voters to others. Include one where the people they are helping are non-white.
 
2021-04-16 8:31:31 PM  

Nidiot: austerity101: "We wanted to focus simply on people's willingness to exert effort on behalf of someone else, as this shouldn't depend on your wealth or the time you have available."

But did you control for those things? Because I don't think you just get to assert that they don't matter.

My very first thought when I saw this article was, "I wonder if the fact that older people are more financially secure and have more free time affects this." I feel like that's an inquiry that merits investigation.

You either didn't read the article or didn't understand it. They used grip strength.


I read it. I don't understand how they felt confident dismissing those parameters. They seem to think that by making it a hrip challenge that somehow other factors in their life won't affect their willingness to exert effort. I don't know why think they get to assert that without demonstrating why.
 
2021-04-16 8:33:24 PM  
It reminds me of the marshmallow test, that found that kids from homes with financial/food stability were more likely to forego the first marshmallow for two later. They found that this was because those children were secure enough to be able to trust the experiment, that there were going to be two marshmallows, whereas kids with food instability found themselves unable to take the risk of the experiment being a lie and getting nothing.
 
2021-04-16 8:53:04 PM  

austerity101: It reminds me of the marshmallow test, that found that kids from homes with financial/food stability were more likely to forego the first marshmallow for two later. They found that this was because those children were secure enough to be able to trust the experiment, that there were going to be two marshmallows, whereas kids with food instability found themselves unable to take the risk of the experiment being a lie and getting nothing.


Fair enough, now I see your concern. They omitted to mention how much money was involved. I assumed we are not talking about large sums and that the children in the marshmallow test were probably playing for comparatively higher stakes, but I can't say that for certain. Maybe they could do this one again and do gripping for marshmallows, or some rewards adults are not so keen on, maybe gluten-free bagels?
 
2021-04-16 9:16:16 PM  

Nidiot: austerity101: It reminds me of the marshmallow test, that found that kids from homes with financial/food stability were more likely to forego the first marshmallow for two later. They found that this was because those children were secure enough to be able to trust the experiment, that there were going to be two marshmallows, whereas kids with food instability found themselves unable to take the risk of the experiment being a lie and getting nothing.

Fair enough, now I see your concern. They omitted to mention how much money was involved. I assumed we are not talking about large sums and that the children in the marshmallow test were probably playing for comparatively higher stakes, but I can't say that for certain. Maybe they could do this one again and do gripping for marshmallows, or some rewards adults are not so keen on, maybe gluten-free bagels?


What they can do is figure out how to control for those things. Based on this article's telling, they took a group of older people, a group of younger people, and then found that one group's numbers were different from the other's. Does that mean it has to do with their age? Maybe. Primarily? Who knows, until you control for other factors?
 
2021-04-16 9:33:31 PM  
Wisdom dictates you shouldn't have a lawn. Keep a garden. Lawns are a sucker's game.
 
2021-04-16 11:13:07 PM  

Ragin' Asian: Wisdom dictates you shouldn't have a lawn. Keep a garden. Lawns are a sucker's game.


Alternatively a lawn is what you have when you mow your weeds.

/might not be a good lawn
 
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