Red Flags of Bad Science

Like in any other domain of human endeavor there is a spectrum of quality and accuracy in science.

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Watch: The Insidious Problem of Bad Science

I’ll encourage you to not place blind faith in the establishment of science the way that your ancestors likely placed blind faith in the catholic church or whatever their religious persuasion was.

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Skeptical of Bad Science?

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I’m not saying that science is useless but that it should be scrutinized and just because something is labeled “science” you should not turn off your critical thinking skills.

Go to the Source

If you haven’t read a book on a topic you really don’t know what you’re talking about in regards to it.

Mainstream Media Misinformation

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Information Profiteers

I think we can all agree that we would like science to be available and understandable to all so that it can be a democratizing force in the world.

If you really want to understand something, if you’re making a crucial decision based on science, go the source.

Bad Science

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From Cogent’s Facebook page — Shouldn’t scientific rigor be at the heart of everything?

The authors specifically wrote the least scientific paper that they could.

Cui bono?

When researching the science it’s important to ask who benefits? Who is getting paid?

Moralizing Should be Scrutinized

What (really) is pseudoscience?

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Pseudoscience purports to be an accurate description of physical law despite either 1) consistently failing experimental verification or 2) being unfalsifiable.

Recency

Red Flags of Bad Science

Dr. John Ioannidis — The Bad Science Expert

Double-Blind, Randomized Placebo-Controlled and Pre-Registered

The Replication Crisis

Pharmaceutical Science

Industry funded trials are four times more likely to have a flattering result

Be Suspicious of Bias Confirming Science

Examples

Conclusion

But the truth is that a lot of science has been corrupted by human bias, bad incentives and bureaucratic institutions.

I hope you’ll practice similarly nuanced critical thinking in your scrutinizing of the science and your personal Biohacking practice.

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Adventuring philosopher, Pompous pontificator, Writer, K-Selected Biohacker, Tantric husband, Raconteur & Smart Drug Dealer 🇺🇸

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