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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: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 11 2016, @06:46PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 11 2016, @06:46PM (#344803)

    Needing to tie the NSA's surveillance to how they might see a picture of your dick doesn't exactly strike me as an intelligent objection. Maybe it's necessary to get the audience to care, but that is not good.

    Brought to you by the because-I-said-so dept.?

    Care to explain why it's not good if it gets the audience to care? /me thinks you missed the metaphorical aspect of the dick.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 11 2016, @07:56PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 11 2016, @07:56PM (#344840)

    The tactic may be necessary, but it's not good that that's all that people care about.

    • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Thursday May 12 2016, @07:59AM

      by MostCynical (2589) on Thursday May 12 2016, @07:59AM (#345118)

      So... Mr Oliver is to blame for the understanding and education of his audience, before he has had a chance to engage, educate and inform them?

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