I had a brief email exchange with Jeff Leek regarding our recent discussions of replication, criticism, and the self-correcting process of science. Jeff writes: (1) I can see the problem with serious, evidence-based criticisms not being published in the same journal (and linked to) studies that are shown to be incorrect. I have been mostly […]
How much time (if any) should we spend criticizing research that’s fraudulent, crappy, or just plain pointless?
Last month a history professor sent me a note regarding plagiarism at Arizona State University: Matthew Whitaker, who had received an expedited promotion to full professor and was made Director of a new Center for the Study of Race and Democracy by Provost Elizabeth Capaldi and President Michael Crow, was charged by most of the […]
A few months ago I reacted (see further discussion in comments here) to a recent study on early childhood intervention, in which researchers Paul Gertler, James Heckman, Rodrigo Pinto, Arianna Zanolini, Christel Vermeerch, Susan Walker, Susan M. Chang, and Sally Grantham-McGregor estimated that a particular intervention on young children had raised incomes on young adults […]
I received a few emails today on bloggable topics. Rather than expanding each response into a full post, I thought I’d just handle them all quickly.
I had an email exchange with Patrick Steigler the other day that amused me, so I’ll share it with you. Steigler started with the subject line “Taleb and STDEV vs. MAD” and the message: I came across http://www.edge.org/response-detail/25401 and was wondering what your thoughts on the issue might be. My reply: How come they never […]
There’s something satisfying about seeing the same error being made by commentators on the left and the right. In this case, we’re talking about the one-way street fallacy, which is the implicit assumption of unidirectionality in a setting that actually has underlying symmetry. 1. A month or so ago we reported on an op-ed by […]
Completely non-gay historian Niall Ferguson, a man who we can be sure would never be caught at a ballet or a poetry reading, informs us that the British decision to enter the first world war on the side of France and Belgium was “the biggest error in modern history.” Ummm, here are a few bigger […]
This, sent in by Ben Bolker, is just tooooo funny. Click on the above image to see more clearly. In addition to the quote I used in the above title, there’s also this: +10.000 correlations/min Sooner than later, your future discovery will pop up. and this: The most relevant conclusions in your scientific paper are […]
Go here and scroll down to the comment by “hokiesuck.” P.S. Some people report that they can’t get to the comments on the Monkey Cage blog, so I’ll repost it here:
Hey, and I did it in less than 140 characters! The above was my response to this item which David Hogg forwarded to me. The next thing you know, people are going to claim that women are three times as likely to wear red pink when . . . Naaah, forget about it, that would […]