This evening I went to the Dr John Hawk’s weblog and ran across an interesting post he posted early last month concerning replicability in human evolution research. Below are some of his quotes [emphasis in mine] and my thoughts in italics:
“The National Science Foundation (NSF) has spent millions of dollars over the last twenty years on results that CANNOT be replicated. This is BAD science.”
It is part of the BASIC SCIENTIFIC METHOD to replicate results! What is happening now is not only BAD science but JUNK SCIENCE which is absolutely USELESS!! So why is such CRAP being funded at all??? Failure to replicate the same results requires a CHANGE IN HYPOTHESIS!! See Science 101 for more info!!
“Some research groups have resorted to chicanery.”
“Chicanery” means the use of TRICKERY to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose. In other words it is the use of BULLSHIT!! Again JUNK SCIENCE that needs to be DEFUNDED IMMEDIATELY!! If you have to use trickery to get funding or “prove” your results then you shouldn’t even be in ANY scientific field period!! Try working at a gas station instead!!
“One project became notorious for publishing research in which standard measurements were noted as “present” or “absent” instead of providing the measurement values. All while acknowledging NSF funding.”
Now I love this one LOL. Earth’s temperature today? PRESENT! Earth’s temperature tomorrow? ABSENT! What a load of absolute CRAP! The failure of any researchers to provide measurement values is my first sign of CHICANERY!! Seems we have a lot of that going around today!!! In my mind researchers who do this are likely LYING about their results!!!
“Such examples are CHILDISH. Let’s STOP funding projects that fail basic data reporting.”
Not only CHILDISH but UNPROFESSIONAL in EVERY sense of the word!! I agree. STOP FUNDING THESE PROJECTS THAT FAIL BASIC DATA REPORTING!
“But asking for basic reporting is NOT discrimination. NSF funded researchers should facilitate reasonable access to their data……..GOOD SCIENCE demands the potential of replication, with data responsibly archived and clear instructions on how bona fide researchers can obtain permission to replicate results.”
Basic reporting should be AUTOMATIC! Research data should NOT be hidden unless the researchers has something to hide! And YES good science, REAL science, demands he potential of replication!!!
“Recently, I have heard that certain researchers permit other scholars to examine original fossil material, collected using NSF funds, ONLY AFTER they sit with casts before them and AGREE IN ADVANCE UPON THE CONCLUSIONS THEY WILL REACH. If this practice is actually happening, it has to STOP.”
If this practice is happening then the people engaging in such practice are an absolute DISGRACE to the profession and field!! Researches should be able to see the evidence and come to their own conclusions!! This kind of practice is nothing short of being in the same category as a Circus SIDE SHOW or selling SNAKE OIL!! That’s NOT science! That’s TRICKERY and FRAUD! I find this practice absolutely REVOLTING! What’s being covered up? Why must everyone agree before they can see the evidence? Why are researchers being prevented to come to their own conclusions? And yet we wonder why the general public is skeptical about evolution? With practices like this…NO WONDER!
See Dr Hawks full post at: