Friday, April 17, 2009

The Futility of More and More Studies

Everywhere in the autism research community can be heard the cry for more and more studies. More trials, more equipment, more subjects, more funding, more data. The phrase “further research is needed in this area” has become so hackneyed within autism research articles it deserves its own special symbol (might I suggest an emoticon of an extended palm).

Listen, I like data as much as the next guy, but lack of data is not the problem in autism research. We have a mountain of data already, with more truckloads arriving daily. We are practically buried under autism research data.

The problem in autism research is not lack of data. The problem is lack of vision.

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