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xkcd: Worst-Case Scenario

XKCD usually is pretty good; this one, however, is a brillant commentary on science journalism. People forget that once an event has happened, the probability of that event is exactly 1, and the probability of all other outcomes is exactly zero. (Click image for full-size view.) (Source page.)

Yes, this is old news.  I’ve written about it before, as have numerous other progressive scientifically-oriented bloggers.  But now that there is an opinion piece featured prominently in the New York Times, perhaps the issue is gaining momentum. Cows on Drugs By DONALD KENNEDY Published: April 17, 2010 NOW that Congress has pushed through its…

I guess Fox News is starting a series of vignettes, hoping to show that stimulus money is being wasted.  In an early attempt, Hannity and Carlson track down an entomologist, at Michigan State University, who got a $200,000 grant from stimulus funds.  The scientist is Dr. Anthony Cognato, Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology.…

WSJ: Incompetent Ranting

At first, I was going to title this post WSJ: Incompetent Ranting. Then I decided that was too strong.  Then I read the article again, and went back to the original title.  Mind you, this is not intended to be an ad hominem attack.  The author, Edward Shorter, has been the Hannah Professor in the…

I’ve been mulling this over for a few days, finally deciding to write about it.  There was an article in the NYT on 13 January 2010 about an NEJM article: Morphine May Help Traumatic Stress By BENEDICT CAREY Published: January 13, 2010

Let Them Eat Anti-Psychotics

I couldn’t resist that title, but I must admit it isn’t mine; the author’s post is here.  This is about the NYT article about the finding that children on Medicaid are more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic medication, compared to those with private insurance.  The obvious correlation is that children with Medicaid are from poor…

UCS: Kudos to Obama

The Union of Concerned Scientists has issued a press release: UCS Gives Obama High Marks on Scientific Integrity for First 100 Days.  Granted, after suffering through eight years of the Bush II Administation, they’d probably give high marks to Pee Wee Herman.  They believe that Obama has taken a personal interest in restoring integrity to…

When I was at work today, I saw a headline that irritated me.  I decided I would blog about it when I got home.  But now the headline has been changed.  I will still blog about it, though. The original headline was: Report: Alternative energy quest endangering birds.  Now, it is worded differently: Report: Birds…

I chose three articles from this month’s edition of Archives of General Psychiatry, upon which to comment.   For those not familiar with it, Arch Gen Psychiatry is an AMA journal, like JAMA, but for psychiatrists.  It’s an influential journal.

LWSS Journal

Welcome to the Lake Wobegon Scientific Society Journal, where  all research studies are “authoritative”, all scientists “experts”, all findings “breakthroughs”.  Not to mention “above average”. That happens to be almost a direct quote from a recent article in the the Guardian.  (HT: Black Triangle) Overhyped health stories? They’re all pants Peter Wilby The Guardian, Monday…