When Consensus Replaces Predictive Value, Science Becomes Nonsense

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Emily Kaplan

https://youtu.be/CfIJjKEmrd4In this video Emily explains the difference between a Bayesian approach and a frequentist approach to analyzing statistics. A Bayesian analysis looks at prior probabilities combined with data to determine the probability that the hypothesis is true. A frequentist analysis...

Russell Berger

By Russell BergerAmerica's trust in higher education has steadily declined over the last decade. In July of 2023, Gallup published a survey showing, for the first time, a majority of respondents expressing a lack of confidence in academic institutions. While there are many reasons for this growing d...

Broken Science

February 1, 2024 article from The Harvard Crimson.Data falsification claims against Harvard researchers have now expanded to Khalid Shah, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical school. The claims include 44 instances of fraud spanning from 2001 to 2023.“The 2022 paper contains an image which Bik said...

Malcolm Kendrick

Explaining how a clinical trial can report success – when there is none.By Malcolm KendrickKey point: If the most important end-point is not mentioned in the title of a clinical trial, or in the abstract, it did not change. Always search for that which should be there – the dog that did not bark...

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Broken Science

Februaury 15, 2024 Article by Elisabeth Bik. "A review article with some obviously fake and non-scientific illustrations created by Artificial Intelligence (AI) was the talk on X (Twitter) today. The figures in the paper were generated by the AI tool Midjourney, which generated some pretty...

Broken Science

September 2012 book by Sharon Bertsch.Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores the controversial theorem of Bayes' rule, and the human obsessions surrounding it. She traces its discovery by an amateur mathematician in the 1740s through its development into roughly its modern form by French scientist Pierre ...

Emily Kaplan

https://youtu.be/CfIJjKEmrd4In this video Emily explains the difference between a Bayesian approach and a frequentist approach to analyzing statistics. A Bayesian analysis looks at prior probabilities combined with data to determine the probability that the hypothesis is true. A frequentist analysis...

Russell Berger

By Russell BergerAmerica's trust in higher education has steadily declined over the last decade. In July of 2023, Gallup published a survey showing, for the first time, a majority of respondents expressing a lack of confidence in academic institutions. While there are many reasons for this growing d...

Broken Science

Februaury 15, 2024 Article by Elisabeth Bik. "A review article with some obviously fake and non-scientific illustrations created by Artificial Intelligence (AI) was the talk on X (Twitter) today. The figures in the paper were generated by the AI tool Midjourney, which generated some pretty...

Emily Kaplan

https://youtu.be/CfIJjKEmrd4In this video Emily explains the difference between a Bayesian approach and a frequentist approach to analyzing statistics. A Bayesian analysis looks at prior probabilities combined with data to determine the probability that the hypothesis is true. A frequentist analysis...

Broken Science

February 1, 2024 article from The Harvard Crimson.Data falsification claims against Harvard researchers have now expanded to Khalid Shah, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical school. The claims include 44 instances of fraud spanning from 2001 to 2023.“The 2022 paper contains an image which Bik said...

Malcolm Kendrick

Explaining how a clinical trial can report success – when there is none.By Malcolm KendrickKey point: If the most important end-point is not mentioned in the title of a clinical trial, or in the abstract, it did not change. Always search for that which should be there – the dog that did not bark...

Russell Berger

By Russell Berger On November 30th, JAMA Network Open published  Cardiometabolic Effects of Omnivorous vs Vegan Diets in Identical Twins. The study has a lot of things going for it: A prestigious research team from Stanford Medical school, the growing popularity of vegan diets, and the novelty of ...

Broken Science

This editorial commentary by Gerd Gigerenzer and Julian Marewski discusses the dream of a universal method of inference in science. The great mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz dreamed of a universal calculus in which all ideas could be represented by symbols and discussed without bickering. He...

Emily Kaplan

https://youtu.be/dBV3tYTUr5Q Emily explains the strengths, weaknesses, and ways to interpret observational studies. These types of studies can be useful for identifying links between things, and then generating hypotheses. However, the results of any observational study are strictly corollary, and ...

Broken Science

Oct. 2023 article from Nature. A research-rating system has identified gaps in studies that assess the connection between diet and various health risks. “We have evidence that underpowered clinical studies, lacking necessary controls to make sense of the data, are not helping. If funders do not...

Broken Science

September 2012 book by Sharon Bertsch.Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores the controversial theorem of Bayes' rule, and the human obsessions surrounding it. She traces its discovery by an amateur mathematician in the 1740s through its development into roughly its modern form by French scientist Pierre ...

Emily Kaplan

https://youtu.be/CfIJjKEmrd4In this video Emily explains the difference between a Bayesian approach and a frequentist approach to analyzing statistics. A Bayesian analysis looks at prior probabilities combined with data to determine the probability that the hypothesis is true. A frequentist analysis...

Emily Kaplan

https://youtu.be/scSqDj0regUSimply put, a p-value is a measure of the likelihood that the results of a study are due to the hypothesis, and not simply a result of chance. It compares the “null hypothesis,” the idea that the thing being studied has no effect, vs the “alternative hypothesis,” ...

Broken Science

October 2019 article from Scientific American.The p value plays into the human need for certainty and has led to the reproducibility crisis in may fields. Some researchers want to tweak the system of analysis, while others want to overhaul it.“P values are regularly misinterpreted, and statistical...

Broken Science

Heuristic decision making refers to mental shortcuts or 'rules of thumb' used by individuals to make swift decisions, particularly under pressure or when there is a lack of detailed information. This type of thinking has been criticized as a shortcut, prone to bias, and “predictably irrational”....

Broken Science

Gerd Gigerenzer's paper criticizes the lack of attention paid to effect sizes and the undue emphasis on null hypothesis testing in research. Despite the American Psychological Association's recommendations, effect sizes are rarely reported, hindering the computation of statistical power in tests. It...

Malcolm Kendrick

By Malcolm Kendrick Medicine has always been a highly conservative profession. It is both rigidly hierarchical and highly resistant to change. In large part because those at the top are perfectly happy with the status quo. People at the top usually are. It was the status quo they rode to the top of...

The Broken Science Podcast

Science, once a beacon of objectivity, has become marred by corruption and misuse. At BSI, we are on a mission to unravel the tyranny of broken science and those who exploit it. In this week’s episode, we hear from Greg Glassman as he dives deep into the issues of broken science and addresses the ...

Broken Science

Februaury 15, 2024 Article by Elisabeth Bik. "A review article with some obviously fake and non-scientific illustrations created by Artificial Intelligence (AI) was the talk on X (Twitter) today. The figures in the paper were generated by the AI tool Midjourney, which generated some pretty...

Russell Berger

By Russell BergerAmerica's trust in higher education has steadily declined over the last decade. In July of 2023, Gallup published a survey showing, for the first time, a majority of respondents expressing a lack of confidence in academic institutions. While there are many reasons for this growing d...

Broken Science

February 1, 2024 article from The Harvard Crimson.Data falsification claims against Harvard researchers have now expanded to Khalid Shah, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical school. The claims include 44 instances of fraud spanning from 2001 to 2023.“The 2022 paper contains an image which Bik said...

Malcolm Kendrick

Explaining how a clinical trial can report success – when there is none.By Malcolm KendrickKey point: If the most important end-point is not mentioned in the title of a clinical trial, or in the abstract, it did not change. Always search for that which should be there – the dog that did not bark...