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Marginal Revolution: Why Most Published Research Findings are False

Marginal Revolution: Why Most Published Research Findings are False There is increasing concern that in modern research, false findings may be the majority or even the vast majority of published research claims. However, this should not be surprising. It can

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Statistics and Assumptions

EconLog, Alcohol and Non-Linear Dosage Effects, Bryan Caplan: Library of Economics and Liberty Our years overlapped, but when I was an undergrad at Berkeley, I never met Aaron Wildavsky. My loss. Here’s a great passage he wrote (along with Adam

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Gagarin was not the first cosmonaut

Gagarin was not the first cosmonaut – Pravda.Ru As 40 years have passed since Gagarin’s flight, new sensational details of this event were disclosed: Gagarin was not the first man to fly to space. Three Soviet pilots died in attempts

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Confirmation Bias in Action

Ever since I decided, some time ago, that Wikipedia had serious problems in accountability and transparency in their meta-editing process, I’ve derived a certain sour satisfaction from articles like this: Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia | The Register Controversy has

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In Defense of Objectivity

Transterrestrial Musings Thoughts On Objectivity In both science, and journalism. The notion that journalists are, or should be, or can be “objective” is perhaps the profession’s most fatal conceit. As Virginia Postrel says, what’s important is to be fair, something

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How Historical Linguistics demonstrates that Intelligent Design isn’t science

In Trask’s _Historical Linguistics_ there’s a very illuminating discussion (pp 78-82) of changes in phonological systems, in particular of Latin rhotacization–the change from an intervocalic /s/ to intervocalic /r/. There were several stages to this change, and the change was

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