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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, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 11 2016, @07:42PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 11 2016, @07:42PM (#344829)

    I agree with you on the Trump thing. If he would do the same with Sanders and Hillary that would make him at least somewhat less subjective about it. He seemed too emotionally involved to make a proper discussion about it. It is one of the things I do not like about these sorts of shows. They have *very* good points. But they all suddenly take on this 'THE DNC IS GODS GIFT TO THE WORLD YOU MUST DO WHATEVER THEY SAY' vibe. The other side is just as ridiculous and sanctimonious yet they leave them alone. Rush Limbaugh has made a career out of it doing the exact same thing they do but just for 'the other team'. It is why I find his show just as screechy and awful.

    I have found most of his opinions to be very thought provoking and usually fairly well informed even if I do not agree with him on everything.

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