Author Archives: Josh Witten

Trusted Sources

Zach Weinersmith’s Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal reminds us that the public at large believes in the results of science based on their trust in scientists and, quite often, those that communicate the science.

The comic also shows how hazardous it can be to abuse that trust. This is why efforts to hold the institutions through which we do science accountable – like Retraction Watch, Rep. Speier’s HR6161, SAFE, critiquing of the publish-or-perish system, p-hacking, journal profiteering, and embargo abuse – are vital. It needs to be clear in public forums that we take that trust seriously and are more committed to protecting the integrity of the practice of science than to protecting individuals who violate that trust to maintain an illusion.

When your fortune cookie falk to reckon with the problem of the argument from false premises #finchstagram

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Happy Mother’s Day to our backyard dinosaurs #finchstagram

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Dear NSA, could you please check the metadata to confirm this sundial’s accuracy #finchstagram

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“It’s like holding the Universe is your hand” #5yoPoems #HappyEaster #finchstagram

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