Category Archives: Sociology of science

Tackling human biases in science

by Judith Curry

Psychologist Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia says that the most common and problematic bias in science is “motivated reasoning”: We interpret observations to fit a particular idea.

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Is federal funding biasing climate research?

by Judith Curry

Does biased funding skew research in a preferred direction, one that supports an agency mission, policy or paradigm?

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Making (non)sense of climate denial

by Judith Curry

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I’m wondering how we can inoculate ourselves and broader public from the latest nonsense from John Cook: an online MOOC Making Sense of Climate Denial.

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Contradiction on emotional bias in the climate domain

by Andy West

Emotions and messaging about climate change.

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Christopher Essex on suppressing scientific inquiry

by Judith Curry

As the issue of bias in climate science heats up, Christopher Essex has written the best defense of freedom of scientific enquiry that I’ve seen emerge from the Grijalva inquisition.

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On the social contract between science and society

by Judith Curry

Our geosciences community too often gives the impression that we care primarily about more funding for our research. Such overt self-interest poses risks to our community and to society. – Bill Hooke

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Bankruptcy of the ‘merchants of doubt’ meme

by Judith Curry

Naomi Oreskes’ new movie Merchants of Doubt has recently been released. Does this movie provide the seeds for ending the ‘merchants of doubt’ meme?

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