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Research data as a jewel to be cut and polished for best effect

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Simon, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. Simon

    Simon

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    This is a blog about problems in psychological research, by a psychological researcher and lecturer. Some of the smartest critiques of problems in research (which usually apply to life science too) often seem to come from psychologists.

    sometimes i'm wrong: life after bem

    Prof Daryl Bem is the researcher whose paper on Extra-Sensory Perception caused stir a few years ago.
    The blogger thinks Bem has many good points in his approach to research, but takes issues with some of his approaches that he (the blogger) thinks undermine good science. I'd recommend reading the whole blog but this quote from Bem struck a chord with me - seems to highlight the attitude of too many researchers towards their data:
     
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    Thanks @Simon . Fascinating article.

    Barb
     
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    NICE to seek greater access to clinical trial data when appraising drugs | News and Features | News | NICE

     
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    Take the facts, then craft a good story? Storytellers versus scientists?
     
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    That's the main problem of the BPS CFS theories.
     
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    Actually, arguments along these lines circulating all over the place, I keep bumping into them. Latest place I read was Taleb's The Black Swan. He is focused mainly on economics, but the same issues seem to arise in economics and psychopsychiatry.
     
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    Snowdrop Rebel without a biscuit

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    @alex3619

    If you haven't run into this one already, I would recommend 'Voltaire's Bastards' as worth reading. Link to review below:

    http://www.scottlondon.com/reviews/saul.html
     
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    For some reason I found that a struggle to read.

    Some of the Bem quotes are a bit terrifying.

    I thought this comment underneath was also of interest:

     
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