Seeds of Science: another free to publish attempt at reforming the scientific publishing process

A large number of scientists believe the scientific publishing ecosystem is quite broken, in the sense that it favors flashy improbable findings over rigorous research. This positivity and novelty bias is so strong that some large proportion of newly claimed findings are actually ‘false positives’ or at best grossly overestimated. On top of this, there…

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Against trust in neuroscience

Neuroscience enjoys a good public perception of scientific rigor. Unfortunately, it’s undeserved. Statistically speaking, a scientific field cannot be rigorous when it is underpowered and has a high researcher degree of freedom. This combo is exactly what neuroscience has, so we get stuff like: Button, K. S., Ioannidis, J. P., Mokrysz, C., Nosek, B. A.,…

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Citizen Scientific Racism

Aaron Panofsky (Associate Professor in the Institute for Society and Genetics, Public Policy, and Sociology, UCLA) is your typical history focused Jewish, anti-racist academic. Some years ago, he wrote an interesting book, Misbehaving Science: Controversy and the Development of Behavior Genetics (2014), a history on behavioral genetics. Although hostile, it contains a lot of interesting…

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Reverse publication bias: a collection

See also Sesardić’s conjecture, a related idea. Publication bias as normally considered is really positive publication bias, i.e., the bias is away from zero, towards finding larger than reality results. There is another form, however, more rare, called reverse publication bias, or negative publication bias, where published results are biased towards the null. This pattern…

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Media darling scientists

Being on Twitter you quickly run into some people calling themselves scientists, but who seem to not be doing much science at all and instead spending their time on politics and self-promotion, not to mention book sales. Some years ago, some economists did some numbers on this and came up with the Kardashian Index (original…

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Political bias in science: quotes from Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 book

Gunnar Myrdal, who was Swedish, expresses an early version of the views the media repeat endlessly these days. To give some examples: White prejudice and discrimination keep the Negro low in standards of living, health, education, manners and morals. This, in its turn, gives support to white prejudice. White prejudice and Negro standards thus mutually…

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