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Usually, when someone says, "Do your research".

What they mean is, dig around in some rabbit-hole on the internet until you find some anonymous, conspiracy-ridden BS that some joker wrote when they were in recovery. Put your critical thinking to one side and add it to the tome of nonsense that you irrationally call your theory.

This is not academic research!
Northwest · M
...or they made some shit up, and they want you to disprove it. Circular logic at its best.
Burnley123 · 36-40, M

That very line is the stock response conspiracy theorist give when they refuse to reveal their sources.

They are aware on some level that their sources are not credible to their intended audience. It's basically saying 'someone on the Internet agrees with me' as an answer to someone seeking proof.
TheConstantGardener · 56-60, M
[@422868,Burnley123] Precisely.
ozgirl512 · 26-30, F
Got it in one... Except you left out the tin foil hat!
TheConstantGardener · 56-60, M
[@516864,ozgirl512] Additional props are optional.
ozgirl512 · 26-30, F
[@335077,TheConstantGardener] I might disagree... You really don't want the truth to leak in!
TeenAngel · F
Jesus built the pyramids! Proof online!
SumKindaMunster · 51-55, M
Meh, I feel like everyone does this. I've had many a smug debater on here send me some ridiculous "academic" study purporting to "prove" something to me, then when I dig into it, and point out that this study encompassed all of 30 people, self selected, from one location, and that it really doesn't prove anything, more correlation instead of causation, they act just like the people you are attempting to shame here...get butthurt, angry and then go to personal attacks as a rebuttal.

The real way to do research on the internet is to look for commonality among disparate resources. If multiple, different researchers and studies are showing the same thing, that holds a lot more weight than a think tank or website that you already agree with on 90% of things.
Burnley123 · 36-40, M
[@622788,SumKindaMunster] I partly agree.

Yes, multiple sources deginately adds credibility but (as you say) different sources have different levels of authority. Think tanks are also less reliable because they are highly partisan and have varying standards.

The gold standard is to have multiple credible sources. The next best thing is to have a source you are not aligned with (or opposed to) agree with you. I used FBI stats once to show that someone was exaggerating crime levels of African Americans.

I think using one credible source is adaquate though for a debate between laymen. You can always refute it (as you did) if its not actually credible.

There is a big difference between soneone doing that and someone using junk sources or no sources. The OP is right.
Iamonfire666 · 36-40, F
It’s not actual research when you are looking for confirmation bias.
TheConstantGardener · 56-60, M
[@10165,Iamonfire666] Reading unsourced or untested ideas by anonymous authors is the opposite of research.
Iamonfire666 · 36-40, F
[@335077,TheConstantGardener] exactly
Graylight · 46-50, F
No, "Do your research" means precisely that. It indicates neither the Internet nor academic sources. It's all in the interpretation.

I often say do your own research, mainly because:

1. The other person doesn't want to be convinced anyway, so this heads off an argument.
2. I have many things to do in a day and digging up the very same data you can find is catering to laziness. I'm not paid to be your researcher.
3. Critical thinking skills are developed through research and validation is up to the student him/herself. Simply telling people things with no learning curve is jumping into the pool of anonymous voices.

It's a personal choice to check a research article from JAMA or a headline on Reddit. I don't answer blustery challenges to convince others when all they want to do is exercise their deflection shield.
Burnley123 · 36-40, M
[@627992,Graylight] I think you miss the point.

The OP is not saying that people shouldn't do research. He thinks they should. His point is about people who post unverified conspiracy theories and then respond by saying 'do your research' when asked for evidence.

Its a cop-out strategy used by those who can't back up their claims. I think you would agree.
Graylight · 46-50, F
[@422868,Burnley123] Yeah, a little more caffeine made me rethink the response. I do get the point and he's spot on. Archive my response mentally for another topic. 😉
TheConstantGardener · 56-60, M
[@627992,Graylight] I refer you to the cartoon for context.
MotherHubbard · 56-60, F
They're typically wrong and denying the obvious.
They like to imply you just aren't in the know, because that's infuriating. Conservatives like that.
You also have to draw on your own knowledge and experience. If what you already know ties in with what you find, you may be getting closer to the truth. The reputation (not the propagandization) of the source is also important.
TheConstantGardener · 56-60, M
[@40142,Carissimi] We could lapse into a debate here on the well known problems associated with perceptions and consciousness but I'm not going to.
Good, because you’re going too deep. Life may be complex, but it’s also simple when you have enough life experience under your belt. [@335077,TheConstantGardener]
TheConstantGardener · 56-60, M
[@40142,Carissimi] I'll take your word for it.
People who think Facebook is a more reliable source than actual scientists
Ceinwyn · F
Magenta · F
Stereoguy · 56-60, M
I completely agree with you. These days you can always find research online that completely supports your point of view. 🤦‍♂️
Religious people use that argument since before internet.
sunsporter1649 · 70-79, M
Or you can watch cnn, they always give unbiased, accurate information
TheConstantGardener · 56-60, M
[@494950,sunsporter1649] Can't get that in the UK.
sunsporter1649 · 70-79, M
[@335077,TheConstantGardener] Lucky you!

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