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Cato Institute has a good piece on a publishing phenomenon that seeks to “juke the stats” on scientific research. Like confirmation bias, where a person seeks out opinions and evidence that support their own, publication bias is the act of publishing only or mostly articles favorable to the particular stance or theory. We see this plenty in politics and history, but that it has infected scientific periodicals, academic and popular, is a serious breech of the public’s faith and might explain why more and more people distrust scientists (and worse, by extension, scientists.)

 

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