54: Cuckoo Science

Episode 54 · December 15th, 2017 · 55 mins 14 secs

About this Episode

In this episode, James sits in the guest chair as Dan interviews him on his recent work find and exposing inconsistent results in the scientific literature.

Stuff they cover:

  • How James got into finding and exposing inconsistent results
  • The critiques of James’ critiques
  • How James would do things differently, if he were start over again?
  • Separating nefarious motives from sloppiness
  • The indirect victims of sloppy science
  • Grants that fund sloppy science take resources from responsible science projects
  • If people actually posted their data and methods, James’ job would be much easier
  • Registered reports improve the quality of science
  • If James could show one slide to every introductory psychology lecture what would it say?
  • The one thing James believes that others think is crazy
  • What James has changed his mind about in the last year


The Sokal hoax: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_affair
James’ Psychological Science paper: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0956797615572908
The @IamSciComm Tweetstorm on podcasting: https://twitter.com/iamscicomm/status/935851867661357057

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