Scientists behaving badly

Preview of talk by Dr David Vaux, January 18th 2010

Science is the least imperfect way of obtaining new knowledge, but it is inevitable that errors will enter the scientific literature, due to the statistical nature of data, incompetence/sloppiness, or deliberate falsification or fabrication of results. In this talk, I’ll provide some evidence that indicates the size of the problem, give some examples of each type of error, and provide some tips on how they might be spotted by the skeptical reader.

Dr David Vaux

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