Friday, February 05, 2010

Scientific Studies Have Proven. . . .

Or have they?

Interesting piece in the WSJ this morning. It seems it's not only the Global Warming witch doctors that have been doctoring the results and black balling the heretics. All sort of folks in the warm and cuddly scientific community have been up to all sorts of no good.

There are several depressing examples from the prestigious. . .

Twelve years after publishing an article purporting to prove a link between childhood vaccines and autism, the prominent British medical journal Lancet finally retracted the paper in its entirety. But only after Britain's General Medical Council found that the author of that article had been "irresponsible and dishonest" in his research, bringing medical science "into disrepute."

. . .all the way down to the slightly ludicrous:

Just this week I was chatting with a friend who, over the years, has helped her kids slog through the obligatory science-fair projects.

"The experiments never turned out the way they were supposed to, and so we were always having to fudge the results so that the projects wouldn't be screwy. I always felt guilty about that dishonesty," she said, "but now I feel like we were doing real science."

You can indeed prove anything you like if you make up your data.

You can find the article here.