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Old 01-01-2014, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Vegas
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Default Science Needs Vigilantes

By Neuroskeptic | December 31, 2013

Lately, there have been increasing numbers of online, unofficial – what might be called vigilante – investigations into published scientific work.


vigilance

The blog Retraction Watch and its comment section are a good example of this. Commenters, often anonymous, will get onto the trail of a certain researcher (generally following a retraction) and scrutinize their publications (e.g. here) looking for plagiarism, image manipulation, statistically improbable data, or other evidence of bad practice.

At last, people are beginning to question “scientific findings” to determine whether or not they're politically motivated or actually good science. This article has lots of links and is well-worth reading @ Science Needs Vigilantes - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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There is another site that does something similar with plagiarized photos and photographers. I've been doing the fact-checking routine for years and exposing excesses in climate change arguments, asbestos fears, and a host of other issues. Teaching people to question is important.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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My day job is fact checking physics papers submitted to us for review and/or publication. Since most is math-related, there's not a such thing as plagiarism as it's math. Unless you want to re-write how 2+2=4.

Politically motivated science is a unique topic. One paper may be motivated by an organization. But one paper doesnt mean anything, it's continued research and experimental validation that actually matter. One paper may raise a few eyebrows, and simply put it on the radar for others to validate.

Now this is for physics mind you......... From the scale of Cosmology to the Quantum side. I dont see papers where people are trying to say that Sugar is good for you because of reasons a, b, or c. I would fathom that this would be a bigger problem in the other areas of science where human well being, climate change, things like that are much easier to fudge than e=mc2.

Ben
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:29 AM
 
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I wonder just how many people even think to question a "scientific conclusion"?
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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I wonder just how many people even think to question a "scientific conclusion"?
Every scientist I know does. Its the public that usually doesnt. :-)
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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I wonder just how many people even think to question a "scientific conclusion"?
The people assume their conclusion is accurate because they know more than the people. Well, we assume that.
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