Subject: Re: [Harp-L] comb material
"It has been done twice. Once at SPAH 97 and again at Buckeye 98."
yes...but flawed and certainly neither double blind or scientific. Way
before my time, but up pops my disagreement with you once more. People who, like
me have extremely acute hearing (even within my own family) have come up in
our discussions. You will not allow for any possibility that there might be
some folks (not specifically me) who can perhaps hear more differences in
sounds and tones...than either one of us...so too perhaps, in combs than other
How do YOU know with absolute certainty that what I or the person sitting
next to you on the subway/at a concert hears isn't completely different from
what you hear? How can any person judge what one person hears vis-a-vis
another? That's where an audiologist would come in...but even then, their testing
is done with gauges and machines. No one knows exactly what another person
hears. Just one of those facts of life.
So I've said to you before (on another list) that it can't be a proper
"scientific experiment" (ergo Single or Double Blind as in Garry's mention of it
never having been done)...if You keep insisting on controlling it. Since you
do insist on it being completely under your control (based I assume, on your
$1000), then it cannot be scientific or unbiased. Then the age (based on
hearing acuity) of the participants comes into play as well, since the rationale
was that young people - I believe someone mentioned 12 - 14 as probably the
optimum age for hearing health (do correct me if I'm misremembering this
since I don't have time to look it up) for the test subjects.
I've also made clear I don't care about your money. It'd be the last
incentive for me to participate. I find it vaguely embarrassing (and not a bit
insulting, actually), since the whole premise is more about what one player
hears from his/her own instrument and nothing at all to do with monetary gain.
So round and round we go.....
could it be Vern... that most people simply go about their business knowing
what they know about what they can hear from their own instruments and simply
pay no more heed to your wager, and that might possibly be why the issue
keeps resurfacing just when YOU believe you've "beaten it to death"?
A real, objective scientific study would surely resolve the issue for once
and for all, wouldn't it? Until then, it's quite likely that folks are
simply tired of being harangued if they express a contrary opinion, since at this
point it still is only your opinion, isn't it, without real scientific back
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