Science & Society

UPDATE: Claudine Gay Not Fired By Harvard. Claudine Gay Did Not Plagiarize. Weeks Later Resigns Due To Ongoing Pressure.

Christopher F Rufo has accused the president of Harvard of plagiarism in an effort so clumsy that his own case provides proof that he has no idea what plagiarism even is.   To use someone's ideas and build on them one must quote or paraphrase them, ci ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jan 2 2024 - 3:12pm

Feel-Good Science Explains Domestic Violence

In the  New York Times, Nobel laureate Paul Krugman  ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 7 2024 - 10:59am

What Is And Is Not Plagiarism In Scientific Papers? Neri Oxman And Claudine Gay Did Nothing Seriously Wrong. A Basic Guide To Citation.

T he online discourse of our time has come to the issue of plagiarism. Now Claudine Gay and Neri Oxman of Harvard and MIT have been accused of plagiarism for what are basically political reasons. Gay was president of Harvard and did not condemn students w ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jan 8 2024 - 12:46pm

State Secrecy After A Trivial Invasion: A Personal Anecdote

On August 21, 10:25:20 and 10:51:16, a mid-level aid on my opponent's staff signed up on my Political Action Committee's website to " Turn out voters, Make policy, Fundraise, Volunteer in general" on both occasions.  This occurred only ...

Article - Ed Chen - Jan 11 2024 - 2:14pm

After Boom And Bust Ends: The World Is Richer Than Ever, Well-Being Will Involve Social Factors In The Future

Though we're at the tail end of the third coronavirus pandemic of the last 18 years, and a billion people in the world still use wood and dung for energy, and some people still starve, things are better than ever before.  The mountains and valleys of ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 11 2024 - 2:41pm

There’s DEI, And Then There’s DEI

A job interview, some years back, at No Name University (NNU). I was the candidate. The diversity question, pitched right on schedule. The surprise was who asked it. Of the seven search committee members (plus the search firm rep) only one was a person of ...

Article - Fred Phillips - Jan 12 2024 - 10:34am

Statistical Methods For Fundamental Science Course Starts Tomorrow

From tomorrow onwards (once or twice a week until February 5), I will be giving an online course on the topic of " Statistical Methods for Fundamental Science " for the INSTATS organization. This is a 5-day, 15-hour set of lectures that I put tog ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Jan 14 2024 - 6:43am

Resilience: Debunking The Debunker

Sarah Green Carmichael, in a Bloomberg News item titled “You don’t need more resilience, you need friends, and money” debunks the business gurus who tell us all resilience comes from inside us. Sarah’s thesis is that our environments determine our resilie ...

Article - Fred Phillips - Jan 15 2024 - 10:55am

The Harvard Anti-Semitism Controversy Also Revealed The Scholarship Cancer Inside Academia

University of Kentucky political science Professor Stephen Voss, who was plagiarized by Harvard President Claudine Gay, said it was no big deal. It was even expected she would use his work without attribution? He seems to think so. “It would have been quit ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 15 2024 - 7:26pm

Scare Journalism And Miracle Cures: American Media Prefer Weak Observational Studies

A new analysis has affirmed what many in the science audience already knew; mainstream media prefer weak observational studies. It's why you're reading this article here instead of the New York Times. And that is not just in regards to social psy ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 24 2024 - 8:40am