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Bad Science

Author:nick @ September 24th, 2007 Leave a Comment

I have been reading the preiodic articles for a segment called “Bad Science” in the British news site The Guardian. About once a month the author highlights some study, usually highly publicized and always under the auspices of science, that is really bad or misleading.

The author’s general argument is that bad science casts a pall over all science in the mind of the public, and so it should be actively sought out and criticized and distinguished from good science.

I am very much inclined to agree with this position. If bad science is conflated with science, it is difficult to convince people of the value of good science. Instead, the public falls into anti-scientific, mystical mindsets that are no better than bad science, but much worse than good science.

If science is indeed a religion, as some have argued, then we should all be evangelists for good science at the expense of bad science, because good science lets us understand and create and prosper in our real world.

Here is the article: