Monday, November 22, 2010

Blinding Us With Science

News of "a trawl of officially withdrawn (retracted) studies" — US scientists significantly more likely to publish fake research — is followed by the claim by "a leading medical statistician, Greek academic John Ioannides, [that] 'most claimed research findings are false'" — Most medical research is wrong? Are you kidding? None of this comes as a surprise to anyone with inkling about human nature, i.e. human imperfection and imperfectability.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somehow I am not surprised by this. What is left unexplored in the article, however, is the role of the Government and the pharmaceutical corporations in setting the bias.

A very disturbing and dense documentary, House of Numbers (which you can purchase or rent on iTunes, if nowhere else) has shown a there is a possibility of the entire AIDS state of affairs as the example of instant bias writ large. Some can also speak of heart disease and cancer as other areas where a prevailing bias has been set, and the research follows the money to the detriment of the patients.

I suspect that the real cost of all this can primarily be spent in years of money wasted and lives lost.

BTW, I highly recommend House of Numbers, though have a evening free to view it, stop, and absorb what your hearing. Have a notebook handy too, perhaps.

10:27 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I posted Lew Rockwell's interview with the director of that film: The HIV/AIDS Industry Exposed.

2:46 PM  

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