Caste, Content, and the Replication Crisis

For the People in the Wrong Caste

In reference to an Uncommon Descent discussion on neutrino weirdness:

Hossenfelder has stumbled on a telling fact about science journalism. Often, the genuinely puzzling problem is ignored in favour of some a big whoop de do about an incidental find that doesn’t amount to much and may prove an artifact of data collection.

For example, every other week, it seems, we bump into a new theory of consciousness but, never mind, it’s glitzy and that’s what counts. Oh and that time machine and a cure for aging are just around the corner… Well, it’s somebody else’s subscription so…

And a reaction in the comments:

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Science journalists are the same as any other journalists. They’re attracted toward big money and big power. CERN has more money and power than a materials researcher at Chucamonga Community College, so the trivia from CERN makes news.

Caste is everything. Content is nothing.

Sophisticated moderns don’t actually believe in objective reality anymore. Just whatever gets them the approval of the Better Class.

Since it is the Powerful People who really decide what Reality is (“…and not some make-believe old man in the sky…”), pleasing Powerful Men is, indeed, the core religion of the media now.

The Source of the Law is the functional, actual god of a culture.

And you can be absolutely sure that the Source in the West isn’t God.
This is easily demonstrated by contrasting our laws with the laws of the Bible: the laws the churches have openly despised for centuries now.

When I started working for the Senate, some folks at the agency figured out that I wasn’t a run-of-the-mill staffer. So I was visited by one of the old boys who took me up to the director’s office—the director wasn’t there at the time. He took me up via the director’s elevator, he had a key. And showed me all around and was very, very clubby with me. Then they took me to his house, which is overlooking the Potomac, with these large wolfhounds sitting about. And essentially, he said the equivalent of “all this could be yours.”

My son, if you play the game.

If you play the game. I said to myself, “Hmmmm, what did the Lord say to all this?”

But it really is a matter of who has dinner with whom. I have worked in Washington long enough to know that people would sell their souls for invitations to be at certain tables. To be allowed to speak with this person or that. In the end, it’s all social.

And how do you become social? You express the same thoughts, you have the same tastes. You vacation in the same places. You love the same loves, you hate the same hates.

This is a very Italianate explanation.

No, it’s not. You have the wrong idea about Italy. I’m from Northern Italy. I believe this is a hardheaded explanation of a soft but powerful reality.

These are all people who are connected to the power of government.

Either physically, i.e. economically, or emotionally—power. The dream of sharing power. The gender studies professor not only gets her money eventually from government, but she dreams of being part of a world-transforming enterprise.

Here, I agree with you. There is a dream that unites progressives and bureaucrats and wealthy technologists. And where does that dream come from?

It’s a dream peculiar to this class. Other classes have been united by different dreams.

Is it a substitute for religion?

Yes.

The Codevilla Tapes
by David Samuels

(Relayed to the masses by Gary North in The Day That Codevilla Got the Offer To Sell Out)

Trusting the People in the Right Caste

As for Replication?

As found in Uncommon Descent:

The most basic level of trust in science is trust that the reported experiment actually happened. Joe Hilgard described his efforts to report scientific misconduct at the level of fabricated trials, and found that the journals mostly weren’t interested. Moreover, the fraudulent researchers would simply change their tactics once he pointed out their fraud. For example, after Hilgard pointed out that a trial with over 3,000 subjects was unlikely to have occurred, the researcher in question now sets his sample sizes at a believable couple hundred.

Another level of trust is the idea that a citation to a source accurately reports the information there. In my experience, it is the norm, rather than the exception, for cited claims in popular science books and review papers to misstate the claims of their sources. The popular science book Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, for example, was eviscerated for its misleading citations by Alexey Guzey in a review, but this did not result in any institutional action toward Walker or public acknowledgement of the flaws in the book. Walker was defended as promoting an important message, even if he got a few things wrong in shady ways. (One reviewer, aware of the Guzey criticisms, said that Walker can be forgiven for his errors, because his exuberance comes from the right place.)

The term “pious fraud” is usually used to refer to religious people who knowingly promote hoaxes while believing in the underlying religious message of the hoax; it was a term commonly used in the skeptical movement of the 1990s to refer to people like stigmatics, faith healers, and the creator of the Shroud of Turin. Similar to pious frauds, researchers who believe in the truth of the message of “sleep is good for you” or “social behavior is automatic” or the like may produce or promote silly findings they know to be false or meaningless, because these findings support an important message.

Sarah Perry, “How trust undermines science” at Works in Progress (September 14, 2021)

The Uncommon Descent article continues:

And more. Actually, there is probably better evidence for the Shroud of Turin than for many claims made in science journals today — if only because the claims must weather much more skepticism.

Uncommon Descent, Trust in science: How the replication crisis got started

Executive Summary

When reading the Mainstream News – economic, political, science – always remember the position of the reporter and journalist:

Caste is everything.
Content is nothing.

Christians do not have the luxury of Ruling Class and a massive Media Noise Machine that will cover for their mistakes and failures.

Good thing too. God expects more of us, than He does of them.

Also: all that trust in today’s money and power and media control is unwise, for a people oriented to shape the future, rather than gain an easy life today.

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