publication bias

One of the things that writing posts has revealed to me is that I very much fancy epistemology.  How to know anything? What to believe? How to figure out if something makes sense? I’ve always felt that academia was about taking these kinds of questions dead serious. My ideal of academia that is, because reality is different. That reality is quite shocking (although, going meta, I cannot avoid the question how I can be so sure).

Let’s take what I would consider relatively easy science: randomized drug trials. I don’t know of any field wherein systematic reviewing has taken such a flight. I know that the movement for evidence-based medicine has its dark side, but as far as rigour is concerned, it beats everything else. And that is important in light of what Ben Goldacre tells you in this video on publication bias. If this is the state of the gold standard, what does that say about the rest…and what bothers me most is that his is a lone voice. I would think that one cannot get more unprofessional than tolerating this. But I’m not an academic, what do I know…


About roger henke

Still figuring out the story line that would satisfy myself here. Listening to what my family and friends evoke, what the words I absorb, the images that move me, the movements that still me, point to.
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3 Responses to publication bias

  1. Rona says:

    Epistemology…I studied the theories when I started my doctorate and it made my brain go fuzzy! Glad to see you are well my friend! We are back in Nepal in two weeks and en route to EBC, Gokyo Lakes and Kala Pattar! x

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