STILL MORE ON LOTT….IT JUST NEVER ENDS….Lott says he did his survey during the first few months of 1997. His hard disk crashed in June 1997 and he lost all the data.

OK, fine. But it’s not believable that he had already thrown away the paper records within ten weeks of finishing the survey. And when his computer crashed, it would have been extra important to keep all his backup data, right? I mean, if your computer crashed, wouldn’t you take extra care to make sure that you held on to any raw paper records that you had?

I would. So what’s his story? Were the paper records already gone by June? Why? And if they were still around at that point, why were the results not recreated?