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Michael Fox

Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science - Magazine - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    "Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science

    Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors-to a striking extent-still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science."
Michael Fox

The War on Logic - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "We are, I believe, witnessing something new in American politics. Last year, looking at claims that we can cut taxes, avoid cuts to any popular program and still balance the budget, I observed that Republicans seemed to have lost interest in the war on terror and shifted focus to the war on arithmetic. But now the G.O.P. has moved on to an even bigger project: the war on logic. "
Michael Fox

Cognitive Bias Song - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "Here's a little ditty that catalogs and musically explains a useful list of cognitive biases uncovered by behavioral psychologists.

    It was created by Bradley Wray, a high school teacher in Maryland, as a study aid for students preparing for their AP Psychology exam.

    How are you biased? Let Bradley Wray count the ways."
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    I think I've linked this one already, but it's good enough to list twice!
Michael Fox

Fox News Viewers Are The Most Misinformed: Study - 0 views

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    "UPDATE: Fox News senior vice president for news Michael Clemente has responded to the study which found that his network's viewers are more misinformed about American political issues than any other channel. In a statement to the New York Times' Brian Stelter, Clemente disparaged the University of Maryland, where the study was done.

    "The latest Princeton Review ranked the University of Maryland among the top schools for having 'Students Who Study The Least' and being the 'Best Party School' - given these fine academic distinctions, we'll regard the study with the same level of veracity it was 'researched' with," Clemente said."
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    The Fox News VP responds to the study of FoxNews viewers misinformation status by making a textbook ad hominem on the university making the study, University of Maryland.
Michael Fox

Glenn Beck's compelling straw man argument fallacy - National Cable news | Examiner.com - 1 views

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    "Glenn Beck has a problem. No, it's not that he's a recovering alcoholic or that he's been packing on the pounds ever since he started with Fox News last year. We all have our personal demons. Beck's problem is that he doesn't know how to argue with integrity.

    What Beck does over and over again is he sets up straw man arguments and then knocks them down."
Michael Fox

Misusing the Nazi Analogy -- Caplan 309 (5734): 535 -- Science - 0 views

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    "Sixty years ago, Allied forces brought an end to Adolf Hitler's dream that Germany would rule Europe and dominate the world. The death of Nazi Germany gave birth to a charge that still haunts the scientific community--what might be called "the Nazi analogy." In ethical or policy disputes about science and medicine, no argument can bring debate to a more screeching halt then the invocation of the Nazi comparison.

    Whether the subject is stem cell research, end-of-life care, the conduct of clinical trials in poor nations, abortion, embryo research, animal experimentation, genetic testing, or human experimentation involving vulnerable populations, references to Nazi policies or practices tumble forth from critics. "If X is done, then we are on the road to Nazi Germany" has become a commonplace claim in contemporary bioethical debates.

    Sadly, too often those who draw an analogy between current behavior and what the Nazis did do not know what they are talking about. The Nazi analogy is equivalent to dropping a nuclear bomb in ethical battles about science and medicine. Because its misuse diminishes the horror done by Nazi scientists and doctors to their victims, it is ethically incumbent upon those who invoke the Nazi analogy to understand what they are claiming."
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