Episode 44

44: Who’s afraid of the New Bad People? (with Nick Brown)

May 19th, 2017

1 hr 8 mins 52 secs

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About this Episode

James and Dan are joined by Nick Brown (University of Groningen) to discuss how the New Bad People — also known as shameless little bullies, vigilantes, the self-appointed data police, angry nothings, scientific McCarthyites, second-stringers, whiners, the Stasi, destructo-critics, and wackaloons* — are trying to improve science

Here’s what they cover

  • Power imbalances in academia
  • Publication bias
  • Euphemisms for people who are publicly critical of science
  • How to go about questioning the scientific record
  • Peer reviewed criticism vs. blog posts
  • Making meta-analysis easier
  • Data-recycling
  • Well-being and genomics
  • Popular science books and conflicts of interest
  • The ‘typical’ response to a Letter to an Editor
  • What Dan and James do during the breaks
  • Why don’t people report descriptive statistics anymore?
  • Priming studies
  • Science in the media
  • What Nick has changed his mind about

Links
Nick on Twitter - @sTeamTraen
Nick’s blog - http://steamtraen.blogspot.no

Music credits: Lee Rosevere freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

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