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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, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 12 2016, @01:18AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 12 2016, @01:18AM (#344975)

    TED talks? I remember Michael Mann did that. You should watch it. it is 100% full of science (political science, he is a climotologist but seems to talk nothing but politics...)

    P-Hacking? I remember Michael Mann did that with his hockey stick graphs.

    Small sample sizes? Mann's 2000 hockey stick uses 13 trees to summarise the previous 40 years, does that count too?

    Press releases? Mann did that too. Has anyone outside of his university seen his working out? No, but there are smarter people than him out there who have trained students and know what mistakes they make.

    Nobel peace prize pls! And where do I apply for a few billion from the 83 trillion dollar man made global warming fund... because, you know, they need more money than cancer or heart researchers, because their rethoric will save our unbord great, great grand children from 1 degrees of warming (or cooling as the latest non-UNIPCC science has been saying for a while now).

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