very famous studies in psychology has been a real problem. And some things that I have been taught from the start of my college career have been revealed as fraud. And now it is happening in other areas.
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why, though I am a scientist who has published in academic outlets, I am no longer in the academy. In days past this kind of fraud was discouraged and looked down on. It happened, but it was seen as wrong. Now fraud is lauded, as long as it serves the purposes of the SJWs.
I’m really glad I am no longer a part of that world.
The Kitty Genovese story was a hoax. It was scientific fraud. It has been celebrated in Psychology classes for decades, but it was nothing but a blasted hoax.
Even the famous Stanley Milgram experiments were, if not an outright hoax, fundamentally dishonest and wrong. Psychology experiment are found over and over to not replicate well at all—hoax and fraud appears to be rampant, even with some foundational things.
So what is the next foundational psychological experiment to be revealed as a fraud—the Stanford Prison Experiment? Well, even that has come under fire. It may not say what we were always taught it said…
What next? NAZIs (National Socialists) were actually on the Left and NOT on the Right? Oh, wait…
I have taught stats and research design on the University level. I am published in the scientific literature in critiquing other studies and pointing out methodological flaws. Yeah, I pretty much know what I’m talking about.
But even I am shocked by the level of outright fraud among social scientists. Things I was taught in my very first Psychology class were shown to be a fraud (see: Kitty Genovese)! In truth, I was totally bowled over by that.
Remember, there is a HUGE incentive to get published so you can get tenure and then live on Easy Street for the rest of your life (no other institution that I know of has tenure, and for good reason). And there are many other reasons for the fraud, as well. So it is no surprise whatsoever that there is fraud. I just didn’t know it was so widespread, and in “core” studies.
It makes one skeptical of science. It’s not that the method itself is bad, but it appears that a large number of people who do science are dishonest and mere hacks (see: Climate “Science”). They are shilling for a certain world-view or are just concerned about themselves. I mean, science is one (of several) great ways of knowing. But there’s no question that it can be corrupted. And it makes me worried that these people make it so we are indeed rudderless on a godless sea. What this does is make people more skeptical of science itself. That is a shame.
Yeah, Science is bastardized, and it is too bad. We live in a truly post-modern world where there ARE no facts, only opinions. Now if the opinions were buttressed by actual evidence…
Yes, they are hard left, but that is not the only reason why they are nuts. They depend on YOU to get your child vaccinated. Then they scab off this “herd immunity.” Needless to say there is absolutely no scientific evidence that they are right. They get their information from some stupid porn star. Nice. No wonder they fall for such total foolishness. They probably voted for Obama, too <shakes head sadly>.
Time to pay attention to the science, folks.
of the demise of science. It’s fraud if you ONLY accept the knowledge that fits with your pre-conceived notions and things from your minions. THAT’s not science, it’s mere politics. Don’t get me wrong, I am a scientist and don’t believe that science is the end-all and be-all in terms of epistemology. But it is often very good, if done well. But too often it is not done well, and that is the problem. We don’t need to lose all faith in actual science, just in the bastardized form of it.
But there is another issue: It undercuts our collective faith in Science as a way of knowing, and I object. It is part of a trend to Post-Modernism, where there is no Truth and there is only opinion. “Scientists” are merely one more set of political hacks who say only what their own personal preferences tell them. We’ve seen this (in spades) in the diet research. We’ve seen this all too clearly in the climate “research.” We see that in the psychology research. Are we seeing now it in the “harder” sciences? And if so, what does that mean for us? Could some of the medical research be faked? Will procedures (intended to preserve life) be based on fraud? Just how far has the contagion gone?
I’m not saying that Science is the only way of knowing, but it is a good one. What we are seeing here is a recapitulation of “The Tragedy of the Commons.” I get 100% of the benefit of my fraud, while the costs are shared by everyone. But those costs are heavy, indeed. The very concepts of truth and safety are attacked. THAT is the problem. It’s not just that we abhor “bad actors.” It’s not merely that one person engages in fraud. It’s that our very view of what is real and what is not is shaken to the core. We no longer accept scientific findings as “Truth,” because the curtain is drawn back and we see a little man furiously working the levers.