posted on Jul, 6 2022 @ 07:15 PM
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
a reply to: tanstaafl
You say that like it actually means something good. What is it they say about ignorance?
Peer review: a flawed process at the heart of science and journals:
"My point is that peer review is impossible to define in operational terms (an operational definition is one whereby if 50 of us looked at the same
process we could all agree most of the time whether or not it was peer review). Peer review is thus like poetry, love, or justice. But it is something
to do with a grant application or a paper being scrutinized by a third party—who is neither the author nor the person making a judgement on whether
a grant should be given or a paper published. But who is a peer? Somebody doing exactly the same kind of research (in which case he or she is probably
a direct competitor)? Somebody in the same discipline? Somebody who is an expert on methodology? And what is review? Somebody saying `The paper looks
all right to me', which is sadly what peer review sometimes seems to be. Or somebody pouring all over the paper, asking for raw data, repeating
analyses, checking all the references, and making detailed suggestions for improvement? Such a review is vanishingly rare."
Translation... the process of 'peer review' is pseudo-science at best, an outright vehicle for fraud at worst.
More links for you to pretend don't exist:
Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of
Corruption, Jan 15 2009:
"It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or
authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as editor of
The New England Journal of Medicine
Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet:
"The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small
sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable
trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness"
So, pardon me if I laugh uproariously at your feeble appeal to some mystical authority.