Chronicle Breaks Hauser Details

The heretofore unknown events that led to an investigation of Dr. Marc Hauser of Harvard University, which led to a recently completed investigation of Hauser’s scientific conduct.

You cann read the article here. I hope you can access that document (it may be fully or partly behind a firewall). At the moment, I’m out in the middle of the forest so I can’t summarize it for you, but let me know if it is not generally viewable and I’ll rectify that later assuming I am not eaten by bears.


  1. #1 dean
    August 19, 2010

    I can access it from home just fine. Interesting read.

    Hope the bears stay away – don’t forget to stroll through the forest will clapping two pieces of wood together – I hear that keeps them away. (Yes, just kidding)

  2. #2 dean
    August 19, 2010

    By the way, you’re not near these bears are you?

    Ten or more black bears found guarding B.C. pot farm

    Police investigating an outdoor pot farm at Christina Lake stumbled across a strange menagerie of guards.
    Between 10 and 15 amiable black bears popped out of the Kootenay woods to greet the officers, Sgt. Fred Mansveld said.
    They were extraordinarily docile and mellow, Mansveld said.
    Besides the bears, some of which had cubs, the property also contained more than 1,000 marijuana plants, a young raccoon, a pot-bellied pig, a large dog, and two human residents.
    Some people were feeding the bears dog food to lure them into hanging out on the property, RCMP Const. Dave Smith said.
    “It was like a cross between Jurassic Park and Jellystone Park,” Smith said.

  3. #3 Deen
    August 19, 2010

    Indeed, it’s not behind a paywall, I could read it just fine as well. If true, this is starting to look pretty bad for Hauser.

  4. #4 dean
    August 19, 2010

    Indeed; if the allegations can be supported, it does not look good.

    If true, Hauser’s described actions seem quite heavy-handed and not the least bit subtle. Is that just his personality, or due to being so invested in the research, or something else?

  5. #5 Rosie Redfield
    August 19, 2010

    I’m very surprised that the coding of the monkey’s responses to sounds was apparently done by viewing the recording with the sound on, and by the person who cared most about the outcome. This is definitely bad science.

  6. #6 Aaron
    August 19, 2010

    Indeed, regardless of anything else the article makes it sound like the experiments weren’t double blinded when it wouldn’t have been hard to do so. Pretty sloppy if true.

  7. #7 Monado
    August 20, 2010

    Wow! A protocol that did not have AUDIO OFF for the coder should have been rejected.