Scientific Fraud

A direct copy-paste from Uncommon Descent’s “When science becomes fiction, it often appears happy with the transformation”

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In a review of Stuart Ritchie’s Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth

The healthy skepticism Ritchie brings to his analysis is born of his desire to reform the scientific enterprise in order to restore high-quality science. The author’s animating theme is that given our heavy reliance on science, scientific malpractice is of the first consequence. Unfortunately, Ritchie asserts, “Fraud in science is not the vanishingly rare scenario that we desperately want it to be. In fact, it’s distressingly common.” As he carefully documents in numerous case studies, too much science is marked by epistemological vices and malpractice: carelessness, dishonesty, falsification, sham investigations, self-deception, delusion, hypocrisy, fraud, stonewalling, data fabrication, favouritism and other “social” ailments, including gross incompetence and attempts to silence naysayers.

Patrick Kenney, “When science becomes fiction” at C2C Journal

“Attempts to silence naysayers?” Ya don’t say!

Seriously, at least half of all Darwinism in print would likely be discredited if naysayers were given a respectful hearing. Sure, some of it is salvageable but without honest critique from outside Fort Darwin, how would you know which half?

Also from Kenney:

Science in recent years has been abused and misrepresented, and “a peculiar complacency and strange arrogance” have settled in the scientific community. There is for example a scandalous crisis in replication, the process of repeating research to determine the extent to which findings generalize across time and situations. As Ritchie phrases it, if a study won’t replicate, then “it’s hard to describe what you’ve done as scientific at all.” As he puts it, “Worrying about whether results replicate or not isn’t optional. It’s the basic spirit of science.” (Replication is also a critical check on error, incompetence and fraud.)

Yet in discipline after discipline, scientists have failed to replicate studies.

Patrick Kenney, “When science becomes fiction” at C2C Journal

But who calls them to account, as opposed to touting the (increasingly uncertain) glories of science?

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“How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth”

Sounds awfully familiar…

“Attempts to silence naysayers?” Ya don’t say!

This made me laugh out loud!

Seriously, at least half of all Darwinism in print would likely be discredited if naysayers were given a respectful hearing. Sure, some of it is salvageable but without honest critique from outside Fort Darwin, how would you know which half?

With the garbage allowed to accumulate without challenge — “any finding is good, so long as it puts those Christians in their place” — the reeking, decomposing mass of worthless findings only grows and grows, until all those lies prove too costly to the Control Structure, and the entire thing is flung aside.

Sophisticated liars are kept around only for as long as their lies remain believable. A state of affairs that is visibly falling apart nowadays.

As Ritchie phrases it, if a study won’t replicate, then “it’s hard to describe what you’ve done as scientific at all.” As he puts it, “Worrying about whether results replicate or not isn’t optional. It’s the basic spirit of science.” (Replication is also a critical check on error, incompetence and fraud.)

Yet in discipline after discipline, scientists have failed to replicate studies.

The High Priesthood of the Materialist Empire is cut off from God as the Source of Meaning and Objective Sight (and as the needed enemy of lies and fraud, Who we must have to protect and defend all truth, including scientific truth).

As the branch is cut off from the tree, it withers and dies.

We Christians are the ones who will have to carry forward the spirit of scientific discovery and applied technology. The Credentialed Ones are far more interested in political power than in understanding the wonders of the Creation all about them.

After all, “fitness” (see: “the need to survive”, a.k.a. the need for power), not “truth”, is the focus of Darwinism.

Dying, short-sighted (…and increasingly flat-out blind…) fools.

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