imatfaal Posted August 14, 2013 Share Posted August 14, 2013 Peer reviewed science is wrong because you found a newspaper article in which a survey asked a different group of people a different question, which discovered a different result. Rightio then. Just as a query - is correspondence in Nature peer-reviewed? I thought it was merely editorially checked - not that I am downplaying the merit of piece of correspondence published in Nature. And the LA Times article is based on a Pew Research paper (who are no mugs). If I had to make a choice between (presuming non-peer reviewed) the two it would probably come down to sample size (250 and 2500) and survey methods and people (one did NAS and the other AAAS). Wouldn't surprise me at all if the difference all came down to the population characteristics - ie both surveys validly represent their population, but the populations are different; age, spread of interests, height up the greasy ziggurat etc... I have a terrible sinking feeling that a degree of difference is also time - the Pew Paper is ten years more recent than the Nature paper. Anecdotally, I come into contact with a greater proportion of young religious Americans than old; the AAAS paper in 2009 will have a far greater proportion of young scientist who grew up under Reagan --> Bush than the paper based on the more prestigious (read older) scientists in the NAS in 1998 who will almost all be children of the 60s and earlier. You take your choice of your definition of Scientist and choose your paper. I agree with your sentiments and disagree with Zorro completely - just feel we need to be super-vigilant in order to avoid the possibility of dismissing out of hand those papers whose result we disagree with, especially in such a vexatious topic where the majority of the forum is already decided. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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