On the Topic of Bogus Research

Go read The TOF Spot: A Footnote to the Previous Post on the Decline of Science, in which Mr. Flynn points out, as a footnote to his previous essay, a study of a total of fewer than 10 babies “proves” that racism starts really, really young.How did the “researchers” discover this? By showing this tiny group of 5 and 9 month old babies pictures of white faces and black faces and timing how long the babies focused on them, then throwing round a few statistic-y sounding words and doing some division, then announcing that, because these white babies focused on white faces some tiny amount longer than they focused on black faces – well, there you go!

This almost leaves me speechless (but no luck): that the authors are not laughed off stage, laughed out of their jobs and laughed into never showing their faces in public again is a failure of common sense, common decency and the peer-review process. Did I mention this is peer-reviewed?

Good Lord.

 

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Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

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