Sifting through bullshit science reporting

 
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18 January 2019 21:39
 

John Oliver pretty much nails it when he turns his ire against media reporting on press releases on scientific studies.  Thanks, John.  Spread the love.

https://youtu.be/0Rnq1NpHdmw

 
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18 January 2019 22:42
 

Awesome!

 
 
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19 January 2019 08:43
 

Awesome indeed.

I was struck by the idea that replication studies get so little love. That seems like something we could do something about.

 
 
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19 January 2019 09:25
 

Lest we forget:

Media companies want clicks/views/outrage traffic.

Headlines like ‘Study replicates results for the 938th time.’ do not draw that traffic like ‘Cancer cured by McShakes!’.

It is not in the media’s (fiduciary) interest to be rigorous or even factual about scientific topics.

 
 
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19 January 2019 09:25
 

A rule for assessing reports on pop science:  If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

 
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19 January 2019 09:58
 

It’s also a good tip-off to beware when the lead-in is simply “Studies show that ...” without citing the researcher and a credible affiliation.