Science. It Works. #9

Scientific peer review: an ineffective and unworthy institution by Les Hatton and Gregory Warr Given the entirely appropriate degree of respect that science has for data, the ongoing discussion of peer review is often surprisingly data-free and underlain by the implicit assumption that peer review – although in need of improvement – is indispensable. The … Continue reading Science. It Works. #9

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Science. It Works. #8

NOTE: the purpose of posts in the "Science. It Works." series is intentionally ambiguous Papers Based on Misidentified Cell Lines Top 32,000 Cell line misidentification is rampant throughout biomedical research, and a new analysis quantifies its impact on the scientific literature, finding more than 32,000 papers used lines with no known original stock. "In this … Continue reading Science. It Works. #8

Science. It Works. #7

Most scientists 'can't replicate studies by their peers' Science is facing a "reproducibility crisis" where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments, research suggests. This is frustrating clinicians and drug developers who want solid foundations of pre-clinical research to build upon. From his lab at the University of … Continue reading Science. It Works. #7

Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor?

Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor? by Eric Jonas & Konrad Paul Kording Abstract There is a popular belief in neuroscience that we are primarily data limited, and that producing large, multimodal, and complex datasets will, with the help of advanced data analysis algorithms, lead to fundamental insights into the way the brain processes information. … Continue reading Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor?

Book Recommendation: Medical Miracles

Back in September I linked to an article by an atheist doctor, Jacalyn Duffin, who confirmed a healing deemed miraculous by the Vatican. In the article she says she investigated over 1,400 miracle investigations by the Roman Catholic Church conducted between 1588 and 1999. For Christmas I received her Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Medical Miracles

The Perils of Assisted Reproductive Technology #7

Frozen pre-embryos: Life or ‘marital property’? Mo. court decides tough custody case. In the fall of 2005, Jalesia McQueen’s then-husband, Justin Gadberry, was deployed to Iraq as a member of the U.S. Army. The couple had been married just two months, but before he left, they discussed having children and the challenges that might prevent … Continue reading The Perils of Assisted Reproductive Technology #7

Thoughts on the PRRI Religion Survey

The Public Religion Research Institute released Exodus: Why Americans are Leaving Religion--and Why They're Unlikely to Come Back (Questionnaire). It's depressing news for us Christians (6% of the US population was religiously unaffiliated in 1991 and that has grown to 25% in 2016) but it is worth looking at in order to understand what is … Continue reading Thoughts on the PRRI Religion Survey