By Anne Dachel
May 9, 2016, Inverse.com: A John Oliver Video a Week Reduces Risk of Being Uninformed
The problem has a range of causes, and scientists are not immune to criticism themselves. As Oliver points out, scientists earn tenure and receive funding on the basis of their publications. With so much riding on the success of their studies, it’s not hard to image juicing up results or even “p-hacking” to seek out interesting, if meaningless, findings. Oliver cites a Vox report that found statistically significant results between eating cabbage and innie bellybuttons as well as eating raw tomatoes and Judaism.
15:00 Video: “If we start thinking that science is a la carte and if you don’t like one study, don’t worry another will be along soon, that is what leads people to think that manmade climate change isn’t real, or that vaccines cause autism—both of which the scientific consensus is pretty clear on. …If they are going to say, ‘A study says,…’ they should have to provide sourcing and context….”
Oliver said that the media should tell us if a study is industry funded.
I’ve got a really fraudulent study claim that medicine and the media have given us FOR DECADES:
“New study says…. it’s safe to inject untested mercury into pregnant women and babies…
…it’s safe to inject aluminum into humans…..
….it’s safe to inject multiple live viruses into children ….and none of this can lead to autism.”
Oliver needs to find out what he’s talking about. Guess how many of the studies HE CITED are industry connected? ALL OF THEM. Maybe he'd like to do a special segment on that topic.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.