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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 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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