Category Archives: ethics

Informing versus convincing

I want to clarify something about yesterday’s post that seems to have at least got one person up in arms. The key point that I was trying to get across (and that I think is the same as Michael Tobis’s … Continue reading

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Advocacy and scientific credibility

To the surprise of few, I suspect, it appears that scientists can advocate without damaging their, or the scientific community’s, credibility. It’s reported in this paper, [d]oes Engagement in Advocacy Hurt the Credibility of Scientists? and is discussed in this … Continue reading

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Doing science

This whole furore about Karl et al. has got me thinking more about how we actually conduct science/research. There is, I think, a perception that doing science/research involves following a fairly well defined set of procedures about which there should … Continue reading

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Expose: David Rose does not understand baselines

Never failing to disappoint, David Rose is back with a new expose on how world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data. It refers to a paper published by Karl et al. in 2015 in which … Continue reading

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Science is broken!

There’s been quite a lot in the media, and elsewhere, about problems with science. A common theme at the moment is the replication crisis, but you regularly see claims in the blogosphere that papers should be retracted because they supposedly … Continue reading

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Our Ethical Web of Beliefs

Last winter, I saw over the tweeter that Lawrence Torcello published a new paper. Paywalled. So I asked him for a copy, using the hashtag #CanIHazPDF: Paywalled, @LTorcello – #canihazpdf please? — willard (@nevaudit) January 24, 2016 He sent me … Continue reading

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