Category Archives: Nature of Science

Science matters because it works

Why should you support science? Because it works! It’s crazy to me that I even have to say that, but this is where we are as a society. Various forms and degrees of science denial are running rampant throughout our … Continue reading

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Basic Statistics Part 6: Confounding Factors and Experimental Design

The topic of confounding factors is extremely important for understanding experimental design and evaluating published papers. Nevertheless, confounding factors are poorly understood among the general public, and even professional scientists often fail to appropriately account for them, which results in … Continue reading

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The image that took me two months to obtain: A window into what it is like to do research

Most people don’t really understand what scientists actually do or what is required to do scientific research. As a result, they don’t appreciate the amount of training and work that goes into being a scientists and conducting research. I personally … Continue reading

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No, homeopathic remedies can’t “detox” you from exposure to Roundup: Examining Séralini’s latest rat study

One of my main goals for this blog is to help people learn how to evaluate scientific studies. To that end, I have written several posts that dissect papers and explain either why they are robust or why they are … Continue reading

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Basic Statistics Part 5: Means vs Medians, Is the “Average” Reliable?

To many people, this may seem like the most boring topic in the world, but it is actually vitally important not only for understanding scientific results, but also for understanding much of the data that we are presented with on … Continue reading

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Who reviews scientific papers and how do reviews work?

I spent my afternoon reviewing a paper for a scientific journal and making a recommendation about whether or not the paper should be published. As a scientist, this is not an uncommon task for me, but it is a process … Continue reading

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Are scientists arrogant, close-minded, and dismissive?

I spend a lot of time debating people who reject science, and I have observed a common tendency for people to try to dismiss scientific results by attacking scientists with accusations that they are, “arrogant,” “close-minded,” “dismissive” and don’t “take … Continue reading

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