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Books of interest: The golden age of fake science and dodgy statistics

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Recently, we’ve been running a featurette, Tales of the Tone Deaf, featuring dim profs writing in dozy journal about why people doubt Science and how to fix them.

They do not appear able to process the fact that the public is well aware of any number of dubious findings about nutrition, for example, marketed for decades as Science. And is beginning to learn about the corruptocrat crime labs. Yes, Science again. And then there are all the scandals around peer review to stumble over. Skeptics are replacing worshippers for a reason.

The growing reputation of universities for suppressing honest discussion in favour of group thumbsucking does not help.

No matter, a new book by Austin Ruse, Fake Science: Exposing the Left’s Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data, might offer some additional information/useful insights:

If you listen to any political argument, you’re eventually bound to hear something like: “The science is settled on this.” Or: “Just look at the statistics!” Or: “There have been studies that say…”

You’d think we were living in the golden age of science and reason. But the truth is far more sinister, says Austin Ruse. We’re actually living in the age of the low information voter, easily mislead by all-too-convincing false statistics and studies. In Fake Science, Ruse debunks so-called “facts” used to advance political causes one after the other, revealing how poorly they stand up to actual science.

Will try to review it. We need a few more entries for Tales of the Tone Deaf.

See also: David Klinghoffer: Tone deaf does not mean harmless

and

Dawkins dumped from Berkeley due to “hurtful words”

5 Replies to “Books of interest: The golden age of fake science and dodgy statistics

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    Dionisio says:

    Extracting Phenomena, Integrating Explanations, and Styling Representations: Some Frontiers for Philosophizing About Biology

    Nicholaos Jones

    Philosophy of Systems Biology pp 147-156

    Part of the History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences book series (HPTL, volume 20)

    “A neglected topic, of particular interest to me, refers to the benefits that different representation formats, and especially visual formats in contrast to sentential/linguistic ones, provide for epistemically oriented cognitive activities such as hypothesis generation and discovery, data aggregation and organization, model construction and simulation, and explanation of various kinds.

    Visual representations are so prominent and relevant for biology – and especially, I think, for systems biology approaches – that they are often objects of special interest…

    Our understanding of the role of visuals in biological practice, from both philosophy and cognitive science, has not kept pace with these developments.

    This is, I think, an underappreciated area for philosophical inquiry – and an attractive area too, if you enjoy putting visuals into papers and presentations.”

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    Dionisio says:

    Philosophy of Systems Biology
    Perspectives from Scientists and Philosophers
    Editors: Green, Sara (Ed.)

    Collects philosophical perspectives both on and from systems biology

    Presents insights into the different viewpoints of leading figures in systems biology and philosophy of biology

    Contributes to the development of a new field in philosophy of science, focused on systems biology

    The emergence of systems biology raises many fascinating questions: What does it mean to take a systems approach to problems in biology? To what extent is the use of mathematical and computational modelling changing the life sciences? How does the availability of big data influence research practices? What are the major challenges for biomedical research in the years to come? This book addresses such questions of relevance not only to philosophers and biologists but also to readers interested in the broader implications of systems biology for science and society.

    The book features reflections and original work by experts from across the disciplines including systems biologists, philosophers, and interdisciplinary scholars investigating the social and educational aspects of systems biology. In response to the same set of questions, the experts develop and defend their personal perspectives on the distinctive character of systems biology and the challenges that lie ahead. Readers are invited to engage with different views on the questions addressed, and may explore numerous themes relating to the philosophy of systems biology.

    This edited work will appeal to scholars and all levels, from undergraduates to researchers, and to those interested in a variety of scholarly approaches such as systems biology, mathematical and computational modelling, cell and molecular biology, genomics, systems theory, and of course, philosophy of biology.

    Table of contents (24 chapters)

    Introduction to Philosophy of Systems Biology
    Green, Sara
    Pages 1-23

    Systems Biology: Negotiating Between Holism and Reductionism
    Bechtel, William
    Pages 25-36

    A System Approach to Cancer. From Things to Relations
    Bertolaso, Marta
    Pages 37-47

    Systems Biology in the Broad Sense
    Boogerd, Fred C.
    Pages 49-58

    Enactments of Systems Biology
    Carusi, Annamaria
    Pages 59-67

    Systems Biology, Choices Arising
    Davidson, Eric H.
    Pages 69-78

    An Affinity to Theories in Biology
    Drack, Manfred
    Pages 79-86

    Interdisciplinarity, Philosophy and Systems Biology
    Fagan, Melinda Bonnie
    Pages 87-97

    Problems in Mathematizing Systems Biology
    Gramelsberger, Gabriele
    Pages 99-107

    Towards a Methodology for Systems Biology
    Gross, Fridolin
    Pages 109-116

    Exploring the Metabolic Marketplace Through the Lens of Systems Biology
    Hofmeyr, Jan-Hendrik S.
    Pages 117-124

    Moving from Genetics to Systems Biology
    Hohmann, Stefan
    Pages 125-134

    The Importance of Being Dynamic: Systems Biology Beyond the Hairball
    Jaeger, Johannes
    Pages 135-146

    Extracting Phenomena, Integrating Explanations, and Styling Representations: Some Frontiers for Philosophizing About Biology
    Jones, Nicholaos
    Pages 147-156

    Systems Biology: Science or Technoscience?
    Kastenhofer, Karen
    Pages 157-167

    Biological Complexity and the Need for Computational Approaches
    Kitano, Hiroaki
    Pages 169-180

    Systems Biology Through the Concept of Emergence
    Kolodkin, Alexey
    Pages 181-191

    From Biological Research to a Philosophy of Systems Biology: The Ground Covered and Some Challenges That Lie Ahead
    Mekios, Constantinos
    Pages 193-204

    Complexity Organizing Principles: Prerequisites for Life
    Mesarovi?, Mihajlo
    Pages 205-214

    Systems Biology Modeling Practices: Reflections of a Philosopher-Ethnographer
    Nersessian, Nancy J.
    Pages 215-225

    Systems Biology Beyond the Genome
    Noble, Denis
    Pages 227-235

    A View on Systems Biology Beyond Scale and Method
    Peter, Isabelle S.
    Pages 237-245

    From a Fascination with Arrow Diagrams to Witnessing a Tipping Point in Biology
    Voit, Eberhard O.
    Pages 247-256

    From Microscopes to Macroscopes: Advancing Biomedical Research Through Systems Approaches
    Wolkenhauer, Olaf
    Pages 257-265

    http://www.springer.com/la/book/9783319469997

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    Dionisio says:

    An Embodied Approach to Understanding: Making Sense of the World Through Simulated Bodily Activity
    Firat Soylu
    Front. Psychol.
    https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01914

    Understanding is a widely used but a nebulous concept that does not have a clear operational definition both in its colloquial and scholarly use.

    The first-person experience of understanding refers to a state of harmony between the internal emotional and mental states, and the perceived, external states of the world.

    Future research should focus on characterizing the first-person experience of understanding across neural, cognitive, and behavioral levels. Research on insight, a concept closely related to understanding; but one characterizes a more instantaneous experience, exemplifies this approach and can constitute a model for research on understanding […]

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    rvb8 says:

    The author of a book documenting supposed fakery is a man going by the name of, ‘Ruse’?

    Intersting.

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    asauber says:

    The golden age of fake science and dodgy statistics

    MC A-Drew is spinning broken records this morning:

    Let’s not forget the Golden Boy of The Golden Age of Fake Science and Dodgy Statistics – Global Warming/Climate Change.

    A bigger. faker, hoax for low information stooges never existed.

    Andrew

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