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Tag Archives: Richard D. Alexander
Science is problem solving: two crucial first steps
I have an extremely intelligent friend with a Ph.D. in something really fancy who raised his kids with a great deal of freedom. I’m sure he did this for a number of reasons, but one that he articulated early on … Continue reading
What E. O. Wilson got right, what confused him, and what he disrespected
The brilliant conservation and ant biologist E. O. Wilson wrote a bizarre piece for the Wall Street Journal recently. It is modified from an upcoming book of advice for young students. It has inspired an intense flurry of highly negative … Continue reading
Nominate your hero, your mentor, or your colleague for that well-deserved award
Do you sometimes wonder how the people that get prizes are chosen? Can you think of someone who had a big influence on you that should get a prize? Identify the prizes given by your scientific societies and nominate the … Continue reading
Scientific error, scientific fraud: why did Gould claim Morton mismeasured skulls?
False theories die with disproof, but false data may live forever, or so my undergraduate advisor, Richard D. Alexander, told me. A single false fact can corrupt a dataset, a study, even a field. I remembered this as I counted … Continue reading
Posted in Experimental design, Scientific methods and pitfalls Tagged Brackenridge Field Laboratory, data falsification, experimental design, Gould, Mismeasure of Man, Morton, Paleontology, Richard D. Alexander, Samuel George Morton, scientific fraud, scientific misconduct, Stephen Jay Gould 2 Comments