can we continue to trust capitalist academia?

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Map showing the number of times England beats Spain in the 日本選手権シリーズ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two articles I want to bring your attention to.

The first is the retraction of major polling indicating a major shift in American attitudes on gay marriage. The next deals with medical journals, wherein the Editor-in-Chief tells us that half of studies published are false:

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.” (source)

What do you do with that? Is most of statistics and science made up?

This is why, in my opinion, we must train minds to look for counter-evidence and then start to decide. Too often, we see people eating up one side or the other, without paying attention to detractors. Yes, there are some detractors that rely on subjective interpretations that are equally agenda driven. But you should be able to spot them.

Don’t forget these stories.

Thoughts?

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2 Replies to “can we continue to trust capitalist academia?”

  1. The study was not about changing attitudes on SSM. It was about whether a brief “educational” talk from a pollster could change a particular person’should opinion. Multiple polls attest to the former. It was the latter than turned out questionable.

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