2 thoughts on “links for 2010-11-03”

  1. That article on research bias is brilliant. I have always had problems with the vast majority of statistics and research findings, and my skepticism only grew as I befriended researchers and discovered how much they distort their findings. One of my best friends is a biochemical researcher, and I spent some time in his lab where he showed me his actual experiments, and then told me what he said happened. “See that mixture there? It weighs 1 ounce and contains probably 75% sodium, but it’s supposed to weigh 1.2 ounces and be 90% sodium… eh close enough. Oh and yeah this experiment didn’t really work out, but the math says it should be 3.4 ounces, looks good to me. Badabing plug that right in to the results, oh and I know if I did this other experiment I’d get oxygen vapor, yep badabing, la da da, throw in some experiments from this journal and that journal, cite some sources, and voila! A brilliant research paper, my supervisor will love it. Did I mention we’re going to be installing this device in a human heart next week?”

    OK maybe a little exaggerated, but he does say that it seems like that sometimes. Anyway, thanks for the article!

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