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Peer review: The Hoax on Us

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From Salvo:

An entertaining but revealing development in science culture in recent years has been the intentionally nonsensical academic paper. Earlier this year, political scientist Peter Dreier admitted at Prospect that his abstract for a panel of six years ago, “On the Absence of Absences,” was “academic drivel”:

I tried, as best I could within the limits of my own vocabulary, to write something that had many big words but which made no sense whatsoever. I not only wanted to see if I could fool the panel organizers and get my paper accepted. . . .

Well, not only was it accepted, but he was also invited to join fellow academics in Tokyo at the annual international conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science. More.

All this would be a way funnier joke if we didn’t need science.

The problem of hoax, fraud, and nonsense in science is way worse than the problems that afflict Grievance Bunny Studies, which was ridiculous and/or dangerous the day it was conceived.

Science rubbish matters because it contaminates the information stream for our loved ones fighting cancer. I care. Do you? – O’Leary for News

See also: Reproducibility problem making science extinct?

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Thanks for the link. Upright BiPed
Talking About Bad Science Being Funded
[snip] A report on the issue, published in Nature this May, found that about 90 percent of some 1,576 researchers surveyed now believe there is a reproducibility crisis in science. [snip] Further, dubious scientific practices boost the chance of finding a statistically significant result, usually at a probability of less than one in 20. In fact, our probability threshold for acceptance of a discovery should be more stringent, just as it is for discoveries of new particles in physics. The English mathematician and the father of computing Charles Babbage noted the problem in his 1830 book Reflections on the Decline of Science in England, and on Some of Its Causes. He formally split these practices into "hoaxing, forging, trimming and cooking."
more at link.... Charles

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