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November 2, 2005

Peer Review & Research Bias - It Ain't Necessarily So, Ch 9

"Science, then, consists of claims to knowledge that successfully withstand criticisms from other scientists." (149)

This is a major point of Chapter 9. Results from research just shouldn't be considered reliable if it hasn't been looked at by other experts who can give a second (and a third and a fourth etc.) opinion.

"As the examples...illustrate, too often it is researchers who are critcized rather than their research." (152)

This is another main point of the chapter. What we must remember is that the important part is the research, not the researcher or the one who funds the research. Yes, there may be biases involved that caused someone to fund or conduct research, but as long as the methods are appropriate and the research adequately peer-reviewed, that shouldn't matter. Besides, why would someone spend money or time to research something they don't care about? I certainly wouldn't want to do that. So, of course they might be biased and they might be trying to prove a hypothesis that would somehow benefit them, but as long as they can fairly prove it than there's nothing wrong.

"Arguably, the Inquirer displayed more pro-choice bias in its ad hominem critique of Brind than Brind displayed pro-life bias in his study."(154)

I just thought this line was funny and it showed the irony of the situation, so I put it in.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at November 2, 2005 12:12 AM


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