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Fishy Findings: 100% Replication Failure

Eight fish studies were double-checked. Not one was accurate.

By Donna Laframboise | Big Picture News | January 13, 2020

Science proves… Science says… Research shows…

Every week, the above phrases are employed by TV personalities, newspaper journalists, coworkers, friends, and family. When these phrases are uttered, certain ideas get elevated above the fray, enthroned on a pedestal.

Science has spoken. Who are you to be arguing with SCIENCE?

The problem, of course, is that scientific research is conducted by human beings. Who not only make mistakes, but are susceptible to peer pressure, group think, intellectual fads, and noble cause corruption.

The fallibility of ‘science’ is splendidly illustrated by a paper published last week in Nature. It concludes that not one, not two, but eight previously published studies about how climate change affects the behaviour of coral reef fish are unsound.

When a second team of researchers conducted the same experiments, the results were startlingly different. Here’s a quote from the abstract in Nature:

we comprehensively and transparently show that… ocean acidification levels have negligible effects on important behaviours of coral reef fishes… we additionally show that … [results] that have been reported in several previous studies are highly improbable. [bold added]

Extending back to 2010, many of these studies were highly publicized at the time they appeared. Physicist Peter Ridd points out they were all produced by Australia’s James Cook University. Ridd, remember, was fired by James Cook after raising concerns about research quality.

Responsibility appears to lie squarely with ecologist Philip Mundy, who investigates “the effects of climate change on reef fish populations” via “a range of laboratory and field-based experiments.” Thanks to Mundy’s team, a good chunk of what the world thinks it knows about coral reef fish and climate change has now been shown to be dead wrong.

Zero out of eight. How many other James Cook research papers should we be taking seriously?

To be continued…

January 13, 2020 - Posted by | Deception, Science and Pseudo-Science | ,

2 Comments »

  1. Like the game of “Chinese Whispers”, by the time information is passed on through 10 different people, the original information is completely transformed into something other than the original. We all do it ourselves when we pass information around. Word of mouth distorts info, written studies can be disproven, and are.

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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 13, 2020 | Reply

  2. : “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”

    …”The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” ~ William Colby, Former Director, CIA

    lol. If you believe one word coming out of the beast box, you are an idiot.

    How do you know when Trump’s lying? …his lips are moving.

    How do you know when Pelosi is lying? …her lips are moving.

    Me? I believe nothing. I only acknowledge verifiable facts. For example: If you jump up, you fall back down to Earth — you do not fall up to space. Therefore, there is a force that keeps us clinging to Earth. …hmmm…static electricity? …what happens if I rub Cling-Free all over my body? lol.

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    Comment by Mr. Anonymous | January 14, 2020 | Reply


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