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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 DutchUncle on Thursday May 12 2016, @06:07PM

    by DutchUncle (5370) on Thursday May 12 2016, @06:07PM (#345344)

    Most scientific researchers have staff too (or grad students). The point is not whether it's a one-man-band vs. an editor/publisher with staff; the point is that Oliver tackles some meaningful subjects and manages to get enough serious information into an amusing presentation that people might learn why the subject matters, and even have some keywords to do their own further research.

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