Pardon our dust,Coming soon! Articles topics will (mostly) match podcast themes. Links to related resources provided. See planned episodes below.
UBS BOOTCAMP EPISODE 2: IS SCIENCE BROKEN? In this 1 1/2 hour-long episode,Dr. Jack reviews stunning messages from three editors of major medical journals and introduces the work of Dr. John Ionnidis and others who say that most the published results in the scientific literature is expected to be wrong. Learn why and reviews the evidence - from psychology to cancer research and economic science.Review competing viewpoints on the question "Is Science Broken?". Be ready to jump-start your empirical rational inquiry abilities. Themes: Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST), Publication bias, double false-positive "validation", perverse incentives. TOPICS: GLYPHOSATE SAFETY SCIENCE-LIKE ACTIVITIES
Resources Related to UBS Episode 2
YouTube Lectures from Dr. John Ionnidis
- Reproducible Research: True or False? Talks at Google.
- Reproducibility of Scientific Results
- Why Most Clinical Research is Not Useful
Publication Bias/File Drawer Problem
UBS BOOTCAMPEpisode 1: What is Science? Dr. Jack explores what some philosophers of science claim no longer exists: ways to tell science vs. non-science. Known as the problem of demarcation, when we get this issue wrong and substitute 'science-like activities' (SLAs) for Science (with a capital 'S'), you can get the worst results money can buy! Themes: Rational discourse, positivism, falsifiability vs. testability, skepticism vs. pseudoskepticism, Science with a Capital S, SLAs. TOPICS: EVOLUTION:THE ORIGINS OF TROPICAL DIVERSITY
Resources Related to Episode 1
What was Popper's "Demarcation"?
Subjective Belief vs. The Quest for Knowledge.
Justificationism. Kuhn vs. Popper. The Problem of Induction. Induction and the Limits of Knowledge. Scientism. Appeal to Authority Fallacy.
Methodological Anarchy: Agassi, J. Against method: Outline of an anarchist theory of knowledge. Philosophia 6:165-177.
UBS Bootcamp Episode 3. Publication Bias and Levels of Evidence. Find out why meta-scientists say that most published studies are wrong, why the Replication Crisis exists, why "significance" is not the only valuable outcome of studies, and why replication "success" is not the only type of success we should measure in Science. What questions exist and what solutions are being explored? How - and when - can we determine causality - and when it is impossible? Themes: Levels of Evidence, p-hacking, HARKing, Replication Crisis, New Measures of Success in Science. TOPICS: PSYCHOLOGY: POWER POSING, EGO DEPLETION. Solutions: UBS Mantra #1, Pink-sheeting
(4) Observational vs. Experimental Science. When is Science is at risk of becoming SLAs? How can the public know good from bad Science? What is the responsibility of the Citizen Scientist? Themes: Confirmationism vs. Empiricism, Statistical Power, The Role of Models in Science, Confounders vs. Co-factors. TOPIC: DRUG SAFETY TESTING VS. VACCINE SAFETY TESTING, How Physicists Confuse Models and Reality.
List of future podcast and article themes:
Are we using all of the science we have?
Policy before science
Social Controls, Taboos and Heresies in Science
Can Stoicism EverPlay a Useful Role in Science?
List of future podcast and article TOPICS:
Is Cosmology Science?
PSI - What Can Be and Has Been Tested
Chronic Illness in America
Review of HPV vaccine safety studies