Wednesday, September 20, 2017
...to Dr Cordelia Fine, winner of the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize for 2017.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Which book is more worthy of your hard-earned book-spending money and your scarce book-reading time? Daniel Tammet's new release, or my book about the lesser-known facts of his life?
Thursday, August 24, 2017
So the shoppies union, the same union which chose to be on the wrong side of history after the ALP split in the 1950s, is in bed with Australia's largest employers, and an Aussie insurance company rips off punters. Golly gee, who would have thought?
Psychopath CEOs maybe not such a great idea after all?
Monday, July 24, 2017
Cars fitted with potentially-fatally defective airbags have been on the market in Australia since the turn of the century, and what have motor vehicle manufacturers, governments, car dealers, police, car insurance companies and car owners been doing to resolve this problem? SFA I'd say. Insurance companies do more investigations of vehicle accidents than the police. They must have been aware of a pattern of faulty airbags. How long have they been sitting on this information?
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Sense of responsibility
Catch a disease
Dirty old man
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
I'm annoyed to see Professor Peter Hoj from the University of Queensland as the guest speaker at the National Press Club of Australia blabbering on about Australian research universities, while I know full well that he never did a proper job of investigating all of the research publications by discredited researchers Dr Caroline Barwood and Prof. Bruce Murdoch, who falsified an entire study of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a therapy for Parkinson's disease, no less. After this scandal broke into the headlines, Prof. Hoj claimed later that he checked all of the (other) studies by this pair:
"Mr Hoj says a review of about 100 studies published by Dr Barwood and Professor Murdoch has so far found no evidence of incorrect or non-existent data."
Prof. Hoj couldn't have done much of a job of checking. The 2010 journal research report titled "Improved language performance subsequent to low-frequency rTMS in patients with chronic non-fluent aphasia post-stroke" by the discredited researchers Barwood and Murdoch, and other researchers, is still published in full text displaying a very obvious discrepancy that looks like a clear indication that there's been some monkey business done with the data, a discrepancy that was pointed out at this blog way back in 2013 by Tomas, an anonymous commenter at this blog.
And today this Professor Hoj is speaking to the nation, as though he is some kind of leader in the world of science, universities, research and learning. Lili says "Horseshit".
Monday, June 19, 2017
More fun for neurosexism and Baron-Cohen watchers in this new book about sexism and science:
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
"I think predatory publishers pose the biggest threat to science since the Inquisition. They threaten research by failing to demarcate authentic science from methodologically unsound science, by allowing for counterfeit science, such as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to parade as if it were authentic science, and by enabling the publication of activist science."
More straight-talk from the world's most famous librarian (actually, the world's only famous librarian):
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Not sure why so many people thought it impossible that a gray-haired bloke who seems sincere could lead a labour party capably in a nation-wide election, maybe even succeeding much more than his predecessors. Something like this once happened in Australia.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
.....just like so many self-described skeptics and other assorted purveyors of 21st century scientism....