Understanding the Peer-Review System
- 10 steps for evaluating scientific papers
- 12 bad reasons for rejecting scientific studies
- Does Splenda cause cancer? A lesson in how to critically read scientific papers
- Is the peer-review system broken? A look at the PLoS ONE paper on a hand designed by “the Creator”
- Methodolatry: An over-reliance on placebo-controlled trials
- Most scientific studies are wrong, but that doesn’t mean what you think it means
- No, homeopathic remedies can’t “detox” you from exposure to Roundup: Examining Séralini’s latest rat study
- Peer-reviewed literature: What does it take to publish a scientific paper?
- The hierarchy of evidence: Is the study’s design robust?
- Understanding abstracts: Does the study say what you think it says?
- Who reviews scientific papers and how do reviews work?
How Science Works
- 8 lessons that MythBusters taught us about science and skepticism
- Are creationists and scientists both interpreting the evidence?
- Can Science Tell Us What Happened in the Past? Historical vs. Observational Science
- Facts, Hypotheses, Theories, and Laws: What’s the Difference?
- Science doesn’t prove anything, and that’s a good thing
- Using Deductive and Inductive Logic in Science
- What movie theories teach us about science vs. pseudoscience
The Reliability of Science
- “But scientists have been wrong in the past…”
- Settled science part 1: Is science ever actually settled?
- Settled science part 2: Creating the illusion of a debate
- Science and the Public Part 1: Why You Shouldn’t Trust Blogs
- Science and the Public Part 2: Scientific Results Are Facts, Not Conspiracies
- Science and the Public Part 3: A Scientific Consensus is Based on Evidence, not Peer Pressure and Adherence to Dogma
- Science matters because it works
- Scientism: Is it a straw man or a legitimate critique?
- Scientists aren’t stupid, and science deniers are arrogant
- The Value of Carefully Controlled Studies: A Thought Experiment
- Basic Statistics Part 1: The Law of Large Numbers
- Basic Statistics Part 2: Correlation vs. Causation
- Basic Statistics Part 3: The Dangers of Large Data Sets: A Tale of P values, Error Rates, and Bonferroni Corrections
- Basic statistics part 4: Understanding P values
- Basic Statistics Part 5: Means vs Medians, Is the “Average” Reliable?
- Basic Statistics Part 6: Confounding Factors and Experimental Design
- When can correlation equal causation?
- 5 reasons why anecdotes are totally worthless
- Training to be a scientist: It’s not an indoctrination and it’s more than just reading
- Understanding grants in science: doing research without selling your soul
- Understanding the reported risks of medicines, foods, toxic chemicals, etc.