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This type of error is commonly made by all scientists, including the very best scientists, and it has a name.   It is called "selection pressure," and it is reflection of the fact that one must be aware that one's measurement of the world is very much determined by what one chooses to look at.

No, it is called selection bias and it is a term from statistics. "Selection pressure" is a term from evolutionary biology.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 17th, 2007 at 03:27:48 AM EST
Yes you are right.   I made a mistake and the biologocial word popped into my head.

Thanks for the correction.

by NNadir on Wed Jan 17th, 2007 at 08:56:08 AM EST
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