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Whistling cheerfully while science burns

Here’s an entirely too self-satisfied item from The Conversation that, hard on the heels of another well-earned jab at “nutrition science,” captures one of the things that is wrong with science today: unearned self-satisfaction. Molecular biologist Merlin Crossly tells us that we should trust name journals, peer review, and impact factors. Are we to believe that none of the questioned nutrition science passed those tests? If they had all flunked such credibility tests, the question would be: Why was the pattern not noticed earlier? This has all been going on a while… If they passed Dr. Crossly’s tests, then his advice is not going to help us much. He closes with: Can you trust the edifice that is modern science? Read More ›