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posted by martyb on Wednesday May 11 2016, @04:55PM   Printer-friendly
from the just-the-facts,-ma'am dept.

The Washington Post reports on a video from the television series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver regarding flaws in science and in reporting about science.

Topics touched upon by Mr. Oliver include p-hacking, exploratory studies vs. confirmational studies, press releases, the "telephone" effect, animal testing, oversimplification, industry funding, sample sizes, and TED talks.


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  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Wednesday May 11 2016, @05:15PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 11 2016, @05:15PM (#344740)

    Topics touched upon by Mr. Oliver

    ... but not mentioned, at least by name, in the Post article, include TED talks. I don't like them very much so I'm mildly interested to know what he said, but not motivated enough to sit thru a 20 minute video for a very small amount of lite content. Which, self referentially, is part of why I don't like TED talks very much.

    (Side question, I seem to recall the Post used to be a real newspaper/journalism site, but look at the links on the article page, its gone full on clickbait... when did that happen?)

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  • (Score: 2) by Zz9zZ on Wednesday May 11 2016, @05:43PM

    by Zz9zZ (1348) on Wednesday May 11 2016, @05:43PM (#344765)

    His stance is that lots of ted talks are great, but there is a significant amount of garbage / advertising science that gets air time. Personally I've stopped checking out ted talks, then later read some articles which nicely outlined the reasons. Wish I had those links handy...

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  • (Score: 1) by zugedneb on Wednesday May 11 2016, @05:47PM

    by zugedneb (4556) on Wednesday May 11 2016, @05:47PM (#344770)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Washington_Post#Jeff_Bezos_period [wikipedia.org]

    was it not the old Marx who said, eventually all ends up in the hands of a few?

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 12 2016, @01:10AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 12 2016, @01:10AM (#344971)

      Marxism was a horrible idea. Don't quote that man. But yes, it's correct, and it is not going to change. You have extraordinary people who create amazing things that everyone wants to give them their money in a capitalistic system. Then you have people who work for the government who steal a portion of that money from the makers. You have makers and you have takers.

      • (Score: 1) by zugedneb on Thursday May 12 2016, @08:54AM

        by zugedneb (4556) on Thursday May 12 2016, @08:54AM (#345145)

        get treatment, dude...

        during the course of evolution, a group need different types pf persons, and even some nonpersons.
        it is not a valid point, that you can find a specific slice of time, where you can call some useless...

         

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