Dan Hinmon, MCSMN Director

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This Is Why You Can't Always Trust Data

Posted by @DanHinmon, Dec 23, 2015

Thanks to @westr for sharing this article. Bob writes: Beware, especially, of scientists and their “science.” The system (prestige, power, wealth, via grants, publications, national committees) sets the bias against impartiality within the entire scientific ecosystem.

This is an issue with far greater consequences than dietary salt. “The result is manufactured consensus within a group of like-minded thinkers, even if another—equally rational—group of thinkers on the other side of town may have arrived at a different conclusion.”

“The challenge for all of us is to stay informed, but not fully formed in our views.”


This is such a good article, @westr. My favorite quote: Readers have to become critical consumers of writing—to always ask, Where do the data come from? and if other data draw different conclusions?

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