Scientific Evidence

argylesock says… Here’s a clear, readable article about how good science is done. Another way to say it is a phrase I invented during my PhD. ‘Science is like digging with a teaspoon.’ It’s not for everybody but those of us who do it have responsibilities. One of our responsibilities is to tell normal people what we’ve learned about the world. My blog here is my way of doing that. I write popsci here and hope you like it.

Ecology is not a dirty word

Here’s an educational piece I had published on “scientific evidence” – that infamous term that so many politicians and corporations throw about, but so few actually explain to their audience! If someone tells us they have scientific evidence to back up their new product or proposed political decision, how can we trust the evidence they are referring to?

This piece aims to give a brief background on how research works, for those who aren’t familiar with the ins and outs of the industry. It also presents some questions to think about that may be of help to those wanting to check the facts themselves.

© Manu Saunders 2013

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Scientific Evidence

  1. Tony says:

    Thanks for this, my general approach for naturestimeline is to change, largely as a result of the knowledge gained whilst out in the field and through interactions with like-minded people etc. Good stuff, Sam.

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