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Corrupted Science: Fraud, Ideology and Politics in Science

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Not using the scientific method

    The author of this tome has some very strong opinions about the topic, as you would expect of anyone who would be bothered to sit and write such a voluminous book on a fairly fringe topic. He is quick to dismiss anyone who doesn't use the strictest scientific methods, claiming that this is the only way science can truly move forward. In the academic world this is undoubtedly true, but I just doubt that some of his "proof" is that cut and dried and suspect that some of it is just the result of a truism being repeated enough becoming true. I do not doubt his conviction, or that a large amount of his content is well researched - I just doubt whether some of the cases are that black and white, or whether they could be accused of falling prey to the same biases that the book claims to wish to expunge.<BR/><BR/>Had the scientific method truly been used then I would have expected a good cross-sampling of scientific cases, showing both bias and lack of bias, with some control criteria and and an eventual proof that science is biased. Instead it is a one-sided objective from page 1.<BR/><BR/>Personally I found many of the examples of corruption completely believeable and my own personal bias against woolly and religious thinking fit well with his hypothesis. All that does is show that he was writing to my personal preferences, rather than proving a point.<BR/><BR/>All in all, an interesting and thought provoking read, but a little too tabloid and one-sided to be a truly scientific assessment of science and politics.

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