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Hank Campbell on the corruption of peer review

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Product Details Hank Campbell, author of Science Left Behind, notes,

In 2002 and 2010, papers published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claimed that a pesticide called atrazine was causing sex changes in frogs. As a result the Environmental Protection Agency set up special panels to re-examine the product’s safety. Both papers had the same editor, David Wake of the University of California, Berkeley, who is a colleague of the papers’ lead author, Tyrone Hayes, also of Berkeley.

In keeping with National Academy of Sciences policy, Prof. Hayes preselected Prof. Wake as his editor. Both studies were published without a review of the data used to reach the finding. No one has been able to reproduce the results of either paper, including the EPA, which did expensive, time-consuming reviews of the pesticide brought about by the published claims. As the agency investigated, it couldn’t even use those papers about atrazine’s alleged effects because the research they were based on didn’t meet the criteria for legitimate scientific work. The authors refused to hand over data that led them to their claimed results—which meant no one could run the same computer program and match their results.

Oh, but all that’s all right because the parties concerned were presumably on the right side of the Green Machine.

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Wonder how many millions the government spent on unneeded transgender counselling for… frogs. Aw, we don’ wanna know, really, do we?

 

See also: Hank Campbell on Cosmos: Multiverse is just postmodernism with some math

and

“Hank Campbell: Cosmos wrong on science history, specifically Giordano Bruno,”

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