I have maintained for some time now that some areas of science are rotten to the core.
Areas such as climate, tobacco, obesity and alcohol which are high profile and politically correct are crawling with “studies” that make claims based on false, distorted and just plain invented figures. So called scientists produce results which are designed solely to attract further funding without any regard for the truth.
You almost have to feel sorry for this bugger. Here is a psychologist who was faking his results left right and centre, and why shouldn’t he? After all, everyone else is doing it and it does make research a lot easier when you know the result before you start the study. However, he made one massive mistake – he falsified results in an area that was trivial, where no other “scientists” would be embarrassed or where there was no massive financial investment involved. It was therefore easy to expose his research as it didn’t upset any of the great modern religions of climate, tobacco, obesity or alcohol.
Reading that article is quite interesting if you study it with the great religions in mind. Take for example the statement
“The answer, according to a growing number of statistical skeptics, is that without release of raw data and methodology, this kind of research amounts to little more than “‘trust me’ science,” in which intentional fraud and unintentional bias remain hidden behind the numbers. Only the illusion of significance remains.”
I would interpret this to mean that any research where the figures are deliberately hidden is suspect. And there are examples of this in both the anti-smoking and climate fields, where freedom of information requests are being treated with blind panic.
So next time you read about how sitting next to an obese person will make you fat, or how one cigarette can cause a thousand deaths, think on. What led to those conclusions? How were the results achieved?
Trust me, it’s not science.