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What Peer Review Actually Means

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What Peer Review Actually Means

What does peer review mean? Does it mean a paper is correct? No. Does it mean a paper is the final word? No. Does it mean that the scientific community has accepted the results? No. It means that one or a couple random reviewers thought the paper was interesting, new, and not obviously wrong.

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In Experts We Kind Of Trust

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In Experts We Kind Of Trust

When we ask people to "trust" a particular scientist or result, we need to make sure that it's not the person itself that is necessarily deserving of trust, but the method and structures that they represent.

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Getting Your Hands Dirty With Data

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Getting Your Hands Dirty With Data

Is the presentation of the data hiding something? Was anything excluded or minimized? Was anything glossed over? Was one part of the graph highlighted or emphasized to draw attention away from something else?

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Inference is Destiny

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Inference is Destiny

Take the case of the interior of a black hole (a question I get a lot). We'll never see inside a black hole, and if you were to visit one you would a) die horribly, and b) never be able to communicate your gruesome results to the outside world. So how do we know what's inside?

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Know Your Errors

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Know Your Errors

The most interesting stories are when theory connects to observations, when there's a strong attempt to refute or bolster some piece of (un)known science. And here the name of the game is error bars.

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