Science mag live web chat on “are we doing science the right way?”

It’s funny who reads your posts, one cannot be careful enough ūüėČ – Science contacted me regarding my recent note on Jennifer Couzin-Frankel’s piece “Shaking up Science”, asking to spread the information that there will be a live web chat on that topic: At 3pm EST Thursday, February 7, Science magazine will be running a…

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Shaking Up Science

Last week’s Science issue had an interesting News Focus about “Two journal editors [that] take a hard look at honesty in science and question the ethos of their profession” With a bit too much pathos for my taste, but informative nevertheless, the article gives background on Ferric Fang and Arturo Casadevall, two microbiologists, and their…

Trust and trustability

Figure: A classic Blackadder episode on a not completely unrelated subject I’m shamelessly abusing the aftermath of the Stapel affair as an excuse to paint the beginning of this post in novelette colors. Admittedly, the case doesn’t exactly recommend itself for jokes, but the temptation was too great after noting that the combined final reports…

The data detective

Tomorrows issue of Nature has an interesting interview with Uri Simonsohn, a researcher that has been investigating several cases of data fabrication in psychology by requesting the raw data and looking for statistical anomalies. In the interview, he explains that The basic idea is to see if the data are too close to the theoretical…