- In response to Time mag article
- Interesting, but by no means comprehensive. We have to take it very seriously e.g. the antivaccine "body count" is 866 for the last 4.5 years.
- True the scientific process functions largely well in many countries and science saves billions of life days, some thousands life days are lost due to bad science fanned by a media which is too lazy about fact checking. And there are issues with drug company trials which publish favourable studies, but cabinet the unfavourable. However in many other countries large numbers of killer pseudosciences are accepted. (listed on whatstheharm.net)
- We have a duty to spread good science education to the world so people understand that there cannot be proper reasoning without skepticism.
- Expectation Bias : People stuck in a channel like Korean dog cloner Hwang Woo-suk trying to live up to patriotic expectation resorted to faking stem cell research.
- Grant Bias : science is supposed to be independent of funding, but there do seem to be scientists conducting research with one eye on where their next grant is coming from. This perhaps breeds a culture of come up with the hypothesis and then do research than confirms it. Perhaps psychology is riddled with that systematic bias over the last 15 years when Dutch psychological researcher Diederik Stapel came up with results which were nice politically correct people accepted them readily.
- Other Systematic Biases : As well as the systematic bias with the pharmaceutical testing industry there are the research labs attached to PR agencies that produce those padding "a new study says" stories for lazy news organisation
- The Good News : Understanding of the charlatans techniques are beginning to permeate into the minds of the public so when those reports come on the radio with "a new study says..." there are increasing numbers of people at home spotting the errors : "sample size is too small" ,"confirmation bias", "confusing mean with median", "sidestepped peer review and gone straight to the media" etc.
- Dr. Roger Poisson skewed breast cancer data by getting his own patients into test on bogus profile data
- The “Baltimore Case” faking turned out to be paperwork errors, pardoned
- Charles Dawson “Piltdown man” shows
- More than one in 10 British-based scientists or doctors have witnessed colleagues intentionally altering or fabricating data during their research, according to a survey by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Thursday
- excellent graphic from Clinical Psychology mag