Tagged: Evidence

March for Science NZ – Why we march - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 28, 2017

From the NZ March for Science Organisers Since the Science March on DC was first announced in January, after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the President of the USA, scientists and people who care about science in New Zealand have been working together behind the scenes to make sure that when we march for science and knowledge, and … Read More

Anti-fluoride IQ claims are false - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 06, 2017

Anti-fluoridation campaigners’ claims that community water fluoridation reduces IQ are simply false. That is the conclusion of  Alex Kasprak – and he says why in his new Snopes.com article (see Fact Check -Fluor-IQ). Snopes.com tackles fluoridation claims. These days anti-fluoridation activists use this claim as their main argument – and they often cite scientific articles to back it up. Read More

John Key rejects inconvenient research (again) - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 19, 2016

On Friday, the New Zealand Herald reported that John Key has yet again rejected research that contradicted what the governments’ position is – in this case on the lack of effectiveness of 90 day trial employments. John Keys’ response to the Motu funded report, which found that 90 day employment trials result in no statistically significant increase in employees being hiring by employers was: … Read More

Scientific self-deception - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Feb 25, 2016

There is a lot of scientific self-deception about – and not only among ideologically motivated activists who wish to opportunistically use science in their campaigns. Scientists themselves are also prone to self-deception – as Richard Feynman sums it up the meme displayed above. I like this cartoon Eureka! with Regina Nuzzo from Cara Gormally as it indicates why we are so … Read More

On the importance of evidence – Dirty politics - Scibooks

SciBooks Aug 19, 2014

by Bill Rosenberg REVIEW: Dirty Politics Nicky Hager Craig Potton Publishing 2014 RRP35.00 Nicky Hager’s explosive new book has many levels. They include political intrigue – “how terrible some human beings can be” (referring to Cameron Slater, Jason Ede, Jordan Williams, Simon Lusk et al) as Andrew Geddis graphically describes in his … Read More

Is CRI science being twisted to commercial ends? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 12, 2014

UPDATED: We all know that our Crown Research Institutes carry out a lot of commercial work for clients, in fact they are encouraged to do so in the interests of returning a dividend to the Crown which funds them. But are those commercial relationships influencing the scientific advice that scientists give? Back in April, Massey University freshwater scientist Dr Mike … Read More

A plea to fund a drug - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jan 24, 2013

Quite a coup this morning for a group of 8 sufferers of a rare disease to get a plea for Pharmac to fund a new drug in to both the Herald and the Press.  I’ve since discovered that Radio NZ and TV3 have picked up the story.  There are also some slick videos on vimeo.com These people … Continue reading » … Read More

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