Monthly Archives: August 2015

Part II: When your basic research design is flawed, use inferior statistical analyses to make things worse

Part I of Part II: Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST) A number of statistical tests, models, and methods aren’t really distinct from research designs. The most frequently used research design across the sciences involves: 1) Formulating a “testable” hypothesis (e.g., … Continue reading

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Preview of Part II on a general critique of social and (some) other sciences

In order to smoothly transition to Part II of the general problems from the social sciences (or “social and behavioral sciences”), I thought the following would be à propos (no, I don’t know why I’m trying to sound more French): … Continue reading

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Is there a good reason to suspect problems in all research in hundreds of scientific fields? Part I

Not long ago, I was asked if there exists any general, a priori reason to distrust any research from the social sciences (the individual asking meant “social sciences” to include the behavioral/psychological sciences). Unfortunately and surprisingly, the answer is yes. … Continue reading

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Professionalism

The following is from: Körner, T. W. (2004). A Companion to Analysis: A Second First and First Second Course in Analysis (Graduate Studies in Mathematics Vol. 62). American Mathematical Society. On the first page of the first chapter, the author … Continue reading

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Do researchers understand their own explanations?

Have you ever been asked to fill out a survey that included some statement (e.g., “I experience back pain”, “I have difficulty concentrating”, “I write blogs nobody in their right mind would read”, etc.) and an “ordered” set of responses … Continue reading

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