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“[I]n his 1961 farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned that the pursuit of government grants would have a corrupting influence on the scientific community. He feared that while American universities were ‘historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery,’ the pursuit of taxpayer monies would become ‘a substitute for intellectual curiosity‘ and lead to ‘domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment…and the power of money.’ Eisenhower’s fears were well-founded and prescient. My experiences at four research universities and as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellow taught me that the relentless pursuit of taxpayer funding has eliminated curiosity, basic competence, and scientific integrity in many fields.”
The Sordid History of Scam Science
Study: Scientific research fraud on the rise
Big Science is broken
The problem with science is that so much of it simply isn’t.
“Scientists in general are opinionated people, as are many others, especially those with Ph.D.s in any field. But having opinions is not the same thing as doing good science. The phrases ‘scientists believe…‘ and ‘scientific studies have demonstrated…‘ are two very different things. Opinions are different from conclusions derived from actual scientific studies… [T]his is a problem with what passes for modern science in the [mainstream left wing] press. It is dogma wrapped in a scientific veneer. The underlying dogma comes from political or philosophical views of the universe, which may or may not be correct. Whether or not such positions are true is often irrelevant to those who hold them dearly… [Left wing] American culture advocates many nonsensical ideas that it thinks are rooted in science: the notion that a human being is not a person until he is born ; the idea that human beings have not just two sexes , but over 50 genders; the existence of [extraterrestrial] aliens , x-men, zombies, and ‘ gay genes ‘; the idea that the world will end soon and that salvation can only be found in governmental regulations . Such notions are not rooted in science — they are profound [ideological] silliness!”
—Thomas S. Buchanan. Ph.D (Theoretical and Applied Mechanics); Chairman, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware; Fellow in four professional societies; Editor-in-chief, Journal of Applied Biomechanics.
“Memory researcher Julie Shaw summed up her case for [post-fact “science”] in December at Scientific American, ‘So, it’s ok that society is post-fact. Facts are so last century.‘… [Many s]cience thinkers [have therefore] decided to ignore answers from evidence and make up the universes they prefer…”
A Peek Inside the Strange World of Fake Academia
The Growing Problem of ‘Fake Science’
Incredibly Sick, Federally-Funded Experiments Are Happening Behind Closed Doors In Secret Laboratories All Over America
Fake News Comes to Academia
How three scholars gulled academic journals to publish hoax papers on ‘grievance studies.’
Prof faces discipline for exposing shoddy ‘grievance studies’ scholarship
U.S. scientists are overwhelmingly politically liberal. Only 6% of U.S. scientists self-identify as Republicans while 81% of U.S. scientists self-identify as Democrats or lean left. Only 12% of U.S. scientists either self-identify as Republicans or lean toward the right.
[Those data are now over a decade old, but likely have changed little since this survey was taken. If anyone knows of more recent Political “Science” survey data, feel free to share it with ASND readers via the Reply option at the bottom of this (and every) page.]
How Government Researchers Hijack Science for Political Purposes
University of Pennsylvania medical ethicist Genevieve P. Kanter worries about science journals and their increasingly [and exclusively left wing] political stances.
A “Study” Touted As A Blow To Conservatives’ Complaints About Big Tech Censorship Was Funded By A Major Biden Donor
Scientific Journal Nature on Coronavirus: Leave China Alone!
A contagion of hatred and hysteria: Oxford epidemiologist Professor Sunetra Gupta tells how she has been intimidated and shamed for backing shielding instead of lockdown
“This is what ‘diverse’ and ‘woke’ ‘scientists’ do when they’re supposed to be doing scientific research: write papers about how scientists should get woke rather than doing scientific research.”
‘Study’ Finds Medicare for All Would Save $450 Billion a Year and 68,000 Lives
Bogus Study Says Trump Rallies Increased Hate Crimes – Here’s Why It’s Nonsense
Science, especially social science, exists in a highly politicized and media-saturated environment that celebrates novelty over consensus and drama over diligence.
How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences
Universities and other institutions are watering down requirements in order to attract more women and minorities.
“… there are serious problems in the application of science to [public] policy…“
The Left Has Corrupted and Weaponized Academic Research
‘Cancel Culture’ Comes to Science
“Never have any doubt what [the Left’s] end-game is, fully revealed again today: The sacrifice of human liberty, wherever it can be found, on the altar of ‘scientific statism’.“
The left’s love affair with weak, intentionally manipulated statistics
“[Liberals] have not discovered better reasoning methods; rather, [they] seem to have decided that reasoning is not relevant to [their] life… For example, some [liberal pollsters — who claim to be conducting ‘scientific’ polls] changed their predictions [for the Trump/Clinton election only] at the last minute because they simply could not believe the results of their own research [for months]… For [another] example, with respect to sexuality, does biology prevail [to liberals]? Or is culture or personal preference the main factor?… [Homosexual] activists [all of whom are also politically liberal] have claimed that [unsubstantiated] ‘evidence‘ from genetics justifies their demand for a ban on therapy to change unwanted homosexual attractions. But leaving aside the [falsities] of their scientific claims [ASND recommends this page for further — truly scientific research falsifying those claims], one must ask, Why is the client — in only this one type of case — not entitled to seek therapy for his own purposes? Would the same [liberal] activists also ban therapy to increase such attractions? What about the bisexual man who would genuinely prefer to just be [homosexual]? Or straight? The conveniently loose relationship [liberal] activists have with science means that they won’t often be confronted with evidence that requires them to adopt a coherent position… Transgender lobbyists, taking the opposite [philosophical] tack [which places them in direct philosophical opposition to their own allies immersed in their self-described alphabet (LGBT) soup], claim that a person can belong to the other ‘gender’ irrespective of obvious, genetically driven sexual characteristics, due to a concept of gender that could exist only in that individual’s mind. The lobby’s stance seems all the odder when we consider that most neuroscientists hold that the mind does not even exist apart from the biological, sex-specific brain. But the majority view in neuroscience is seldom raised as an objection to transgender claims [because that would expose their anti-scientific bias; and yes, most neuroscientists learned to be atheists from the academy, which is owned and operated by atheists]… [Because of these glaring philosophical contradictions] high science is becoming postmodern. Many associate this shift with Berkeley philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend (1924-1994), who sometimes said that what is termed ‘science’ in one culture is called ‘voodoo’ in another, and that, in science, explicitly, ‘anything goes’… Marcel Kuntz, of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France, asks, ‘If all truths are equal, who cares what science has to say?‘… A variety of [other] thinkers who would otherwise disagree on many things are also starting to use the term ‘postmodern’ to describe the new trend in science… [For example, b]oth Stephen Hawking and Neil deGrasse Tyson have made clear that philosophy [which predictably and necessarily falsified postmodernism] is either ‘dead‘ or ‘a useless enterprise,’ something one certainly did not hear from past icons like Albert Einstein.”
[The following article was authored and published by self-identified liberals.]
“According to a comprehensive new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, ‘Groups comparable to …immigrants in terms of their skill may experience a wage reduction as a result of immigration-induced increases in labor supply.‘ But [leftist] academics [almost universally and intentionally ignore] this wage reduction because, like liberal journalists and politicians, they face pressures to support [unregulated] immigration… Many of the immigration scholars regularly cited in the [mainstream liberal] press have worked for, or received funding from, pro-immigration businesses and associations… In his book Exodus, Paul Collier, a [self-avowed liberal] economist at the University of Oxford, claims that in their ‘desperate [desire] not to give succor’ to nativist bigots, ‘social scientists have strained every muscle to show that migration is good for everyone.’ George Borjas of Harvard argues that since he began studying immigration in the 1980s, his fellow economists have grown far less tolerant of research that emphasizes its costs. There is, he [said], ‘a lot of self-censorship among young social scientists.’”
How the Winds of “Social Justice” are Informing New Scientist Credentials
“[The state-wide University of California’s science faculty hiring] rubric assesses not only the candidates’ knowledge and understanding of [Diversity, Equity and Inclusion] issues, but also their past Track Record in Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and their current Plans for Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. One wonders how many geologists, chemists, physicists, and mathematicians have had the time to add these cherished credentials to their job portfolio, along with meeting a challenging course load, satisfying the demands of a dissertation, and submitting continued publications? It seems that the UC system is interested in hiring social justice warriors, rather than true scientists.”
[Just FYI, California has the largest university system and the largest number of university faculty of any state in U.S.. But California is hardly the only state where this version and expression of scientific fraud is being practiced and institutionally and governmentally condoned…]
“In efforts to enhance diversity, many universities have established new guidelines for hiring faculty, that no doubt are informed by the radicals forcefully promulgating everything ‘woke.’ Unfortunately, these guidelines undermine diversity where it is most valuable in the world of free thought and academia…”
A “study” purporting to show that hate crimes increased 226% in counties that hosted rallies for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016 has been officially debunked.
“The study relied [solely] on data from the [far-left] Soros-funded outlet ProPublica’s project, Hate Crime Index.“
Obama’s CDC Misrepresented Their Crime Data to Promote Gun Control
Researchers say Native American genocide changed the climate
The virtue of this study is that it presses all the right social justice buttons.
Evil white men? Check.
Human caused climate change? Check.
All the boxes might be marked, but that doesn’t make this study any more factual.
Mathematician Says Leftist Activists Made His Paper Disappear Because Its Findings Offended Them
At the behest of a feminist professor, an academic journal’s board reportedly threatened to “harass the journal until it died.”
Two New “Studies” Claim Putin Put Trump in the White House.
NSF Has Spent $62.5 Million on ‘Intersectionality’ and STEM Under Obama-Appointed Director
Scientific studies behind Michelle Obama school lunch program retracted
Playing Dress Up in a Scientist’s White Lab Coat
“… for 100 years, departments in the social sciences and humanities have been desperate to establish their rigor as equal to those in the natural sciences… You know… if some Women’s Studies professor used some opinion surveys given to freshman college students to test their “patriarchal attitudes.” It attains the patina of cold, objective science.“
‘Grievance studies’: Culture of corruption at universities exposed with hoax papers
“… some papers contained [policy] advocacy, with scientists spelling out the desired policy implications of their research.“
The Use and Abuse of Science in Public Policymaking
The regulation of biotechnology provides a cautionary tale of politicized science.
“… for many current scientific fields, claimed research findings may often be simply accurate measures of the prevailing bias.“
“… the spirit of free inquiry is being repressed within the scientific community… Institutional science is being crippled by dogmas and taboos… “
Politics Disguised as Science: When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’
Anyone who has studied the history of science knows that scientists are not immune to the non-rational dynamics of the herd.
A Religion of Activism Masquerading as Science
“Sociology is now defined by its anti-humanist fetish for quantification, which began in the mid-twentieth century, and the spread of ideology masquerading as scholarship, a consequence of the cultural revolution of the late 1960s.”
— Alexander Riley, Ph.D (Sociology)
“Either the people at the American Sociological Association don’t read and are totally ignorant, or they read selectively and reject facts that don’t support their cherished beliefs. I suspect that it’s some of both.“
“… to contemporary anthropologists and sociologists, the notion that there are distinct ‘races’ of human beings, each with its own specific attributes, doesn’t make much sense.”
Criminologists Intentionally Mislead Us
Liberal criminologists outnumber their conservative counterparts by a ratio of 30-to-1. Ideology almost perfectly predicts the position of criminologists on issues from gun control to capital punishment to harsh sentencing. Liberal criminologists march in step for gun control, oppose punitive prison sentences, and are vehemently against the death penalty.
The science journal Nature published a paper on ‘quantum supremacy:’ supercomputers processing in 200 secs what a normal computer would process in 10,000 yrs. They’ve since published a letter signed by 13 academics criticising their use of ‘violent language‘.
The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science
Many studies’ results cannot be reproduced, scholars warn
Nobel Prize-winning scientist retracts paper, saying results were not ‘reproducible’
Fall of top US scientists points to ethics gap in research
What’s Behind Big Science Frauds?
[The NYT mentions mostly money and prestige, but paradigmatics are equally responsible. Dozens of verifiable examples are cited, both on this page and on the many Sci-Fraud sub-pages accessible from the Science/Scientific Fraud menu at the top of this, and every, ASND page. See, e.g…]
“… pressure on researchers, competition between journals and the media’s insatiable appetite for new studies announcing revolutionary breakthroughs has meant such articles continue to be published.”
Let’s Tell the Truth about Science Funding
The Other Real Threats to Science: Sloppiness, Bias and Fraud
The growth of the science PR industry has resulted in an overly exaggerated presentation of research findings.
How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science The incentives offered by top journals distort science, just as big bonuses distort banking
Do Pressures to Publish [a.k.a. “Publish or Perish”] Increase Scientists’ Bias?
Nine Causes of Scientific Decline in American Academia
“… shoddy, agenda-driven ‘research’ can be produced to justify a lot of things that turn out to be very bad ideas… If NIH were serious about finding the truth, it would be funding a very different kind of study. As it is, the agency is demonstrating the tactics of the so-called ‘war on science’ that the Left continually decries.”
Scientist alleges religious discrimination
[Discrimination and/or fraud by scientists? In this country? That is just absolute nonsense . American scientists do not discriminate against fellow scientists . It has simply never happened here . Scientists just do not have philosophical biases . It is this Gaskill moron who is the bigot.]
“[S]tudies indicate that perceived bias against Christians in science may contribute to underrepresentation of Christians but actual bias against Christians in science may be restricted to a specific type of Christianity that scientists call fundamentalist and/or evangelical.”
[For the record, there are widely differing definitions of “fundamentalism” and “evangelicalism” within broader Christianity and there are significant differences between so-called “fundamentalist” and “evangelical” Christianity. While that scientific paper handled fairly well the science it attempted to do, its lack of familiarity with the theology it tried to mention was severely underinformed.]
Anti-Christian “Studies” Masquerading as Science
The Myth of Scientific Objectivity
“The political, [im]moral, and [anti-]religious views of a scientist really do affect the results that he [or she] gets.“
A flagrantly false “research” paper claiming religious people are less generous than secular people is finally retracted.
“The Negative Association between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism across the World is, at best, bad psychology. And whatever it is, it certainly isn’t biology… Although the study itself was done by psychologists, its publication in a biomedical journal raises a glaring red flag…
Judgment calls were factory-installed into this study. Either the experts knew it and have not been upfront about it, or they’re blithely clueless regarding their own massive bias…
How they defined ‘religiousness’ is equally overripe for critical deconstruction.“
Can Science Survive Long in a Post-Modern World?
Short Answer: It already hasn’t
10 Things Science cannot prove
Austin Ruse’s New Book Debunks Fake Science
Paul Krugman [of the aforementioned New York Times] Busted [Again]
Trouble at the lab
Scientists like to think of science as self-correcting. To an alarming degree, it is not
The Uses and Misuses of Budget Data
“… even a seemingly neutral way of presenting data often isn’t so neutral.”
Oxford’s Junk Science on Fake News
“A large portion of replications produced weaker evidence for the original findings despite using materials provided by the original authors, review in advance for methodological fidelity, and high statistical power to detect the original effect sizes.”
Ivy League Statistician Debunks NASA-Funded ‘Socialism or Extinction’ Study
NASA worker brings a scientific eye to his hobby: Talking to the dead
Are Scientific Papers Becoming Worse?
When scientific fraud kills millions
“… senior officials at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [appointed by Barack Obama’s appointed director] secretly solicited funding for the $100 million project from some of the world’s largest alcohol producers…”
“The Scientists Knew They Were Lying”
[Obama’s] CDC Report Severely Undercounts Number of Abortions Nationwide
[Obama-appointee directed] NIH Swiftly Condemns Gene Editing In China, Silent On The U.S. Fetal Harvesting Market
Pro-Abortion Study Falsely Claims Unborn Babies Don’t Feel Excruciating Pain in Abortions
Left Wing Biology Professors Refuse to Say When Life Begins But Science Confirms It’s At Conception
[See, also… https://anotherslownewsday.wordpress.com/abortion/stem-cells/ ]
The New England Journal of Medicine Just Published an Article From Non-Doctor Cecile Richards
“… the latter can only be explained as intentional [scientific] deception.”
Veterans ripped off by fake research project
UK Conference of Science Journalists: ‘institutions unlikely to fairly investigate allegations of fraud made against their own’
Are US scientists really research fraud world leaders?
“... how much can we trust an NAS study that is a study of studies, when half of those underlying studies contain a major error?”
Darwin Was Sexist, and So Are Many Modern Scientists
Darwinian theory has justified sexist attitudes and behavior among scientists for well over a century
Disgraced cognition researcher resigns from Harvard
Morality Check: When Fad Science Is Bad Science
Red wine researcher accused of fraud
Modern historian accused of altering Lincoln document
“None of this [reality] matters to Gauchat, or to the editors at Scientific American. Or to the dozens of other media outlets that have picked up and run with the story.”
“In what universe would th[e] era of Democratic Party rule [in the post-civil war South, through the 1970s] be consider more ‘liberal’… than the Democrats of 1945 or 1975?“
“The proportion of recommendations for which there is no conclusive evidence is also growing.“
20 more retractions for scientist who made up email addresses so he could review his own papers
80% of Data in Chinese Clinical Trials Have Been Fabricated
Fraud fighter: ‘Faked research is endemic in China’
Duh! 12 obvious science findings of 2012
[ASND reminds readers that the vats majority of these “scientific” studies were funded with your tax dollars.]
“… researchers must interpret self-reported behavior by taking into account fallible memory, beliefs and wishes.”
The 13 most obvious scientific findings of 2013
History of modern man unravels as German scholar is exposed as fraud
Once Again, Terrible Exercise Science Gets Praised by Mainstream Media
Prominent Cornell professor, food researcher resigns for misconduct
Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets
Soda Industry’s Health Studies on Sugary Drinks Questioned in New Review