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Quick! Quick! Change the science!

The retraction of three peer-reviewed articles prominently cited in court cases on the so-called abortion pill – mifepristone – has put a group of papers by anti-abortion researchers in the scientific limelight.

Seventeen sexual and reproductive health researchers are calling for four peer-reviewed studies by anti-abortion researchers to be retracted or amended. The papers, critics contend, are “fatally flawed” and muddy the scientific consensus for courts and lawmakers who lack the scientific training to understand their methodological flaws.

Cleaning up the polluted sewer of bad science is going to take more than just three papers being retracted. There’s an awful lot of dreck out there after all…..and they are claiming that all bad science should be withdrawn, right?

10 thoughts on “Quick! Quick! Change the science!”

  1. Junk science is cited in abortion ban cases

    Junk science, eh?

    Now do Net Zero and whether or not men can turn into women.

    and muddy the scientific consensus

    Science, you see, works by consensus just like the Women’s Institute.

  2. “The papers, critics contend, are “fatally flawed” and muddy the scientific consensus for courts and lawmakers who lack the scientific training to understand their methodological flaws.”

    Well give them the scientific training then. The scientific method is pretty straightforward and could be explained in a couple of hours. They would then understand that consensus isn’t necessarily a good thing and that dissent is needed in order for science to progress.

  3. Stony @ 8.52, one of the very few MP’s with a degree in science is routinely ignored / ridiculed by the MSM and most other MP’s when he tries to get them to debate excess deaths in England.

    And anyway, giving them scientific ‘training’ would remove their only excuse when the shit hits the fan, so it ain’t going to happen………

  4. changing the subject..

    Murphy today says QT is inflationary!!

    I have replied (but i doubt it will be published) that by definition QE and increasing the money supply is deflationary!!

    The bloke is a knob

  5. There is no longer such a thing as science, at least in the public sphere. There is propaganda, bought and paid for, and luxury belief promoted as fact by inadequates who are desperate to be on-message. By definition, an idea dependent on consensus is not science.

  6. Not that the publication of “junk science” is a new phenomenon… ISTR a retired editor of “The Lancet” stating that in his experience something like 90% of published, peer-reviewed papers subsequently turned out to be wrong or seriously in error.

  7. You can trust no paper where there is a consensus vs an alternative view. Which means no paper at all.

    And any involvement of politics makes it* worse.

    * For any value of ‘it’.

  8. Baron J @ 9.58, you are thinking of this perhaps:

    “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness. As one participant put it, “poor methods get results”
    Lancet Editor Richard Horton

  9. on the other hand the trans activists are trying to discredit the Cass report because it wouldn’t include junk science

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