Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to spot Bad Science - Infographic!

Click for detail! Source.

H/T: David!
And if you like that one, you'll like this one, too!



jsd said...

...If only it were this simple. For example, in the second table we have 'claims that counter established scientific fact'.

What does 'fact' mean in this context? Once 'established', are these 'scientific facts' infallibly true? And who is to decide? And why then do 'established' scientific theories so often eventually get modified or rejected? And not because of new evidence / experiments but because their illustrious champions die? And when they are still alive why do scientists who demonstrate results that go against these 'scientific facts' get ignored or suffer ad hominem / career damaging criticisms?

Once science petrifies its own philosophically naive working hypotheses into infallible dogmas, it's in trouble.

DaShark said...

Agree of course.

But an infographic is not a scientifico-philisophical treatise, it's a very much shortened, not very nuanced, simplified overview of things!

jsd said...

'But an infographic is not a scientifico-philisophical treatise...'

I think you mean philosophico-scientific.

DaShark said...

Yes that's what I meant - thanks for pointing it out.

Must be a language thing!