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15.08.2014

“Revija za empirično prerokovanje” in Slovenija

Tole stališče je nedavno soglasno sprejelo uredništvo revije Journal of Evidence-Based Haruspicy (poslovenjeno nekako Revija za na-podatkih-temelječe prerokovanje):

“We wish to endorse, in its entirety and without reservation, the recent essay “On the Emptiness of Failed Replications” by Jason Mitchell. In Prof. Mitchell’s field, scientists attempt to detect subtle patterns of association between faint environmental cues and measured behaviors, or to relate remote proxies for neural activity to differences in stimuli or psychological constructs. We are entirely persuaded by his arguments that the experimental procedures needed in these fields are so delicate and so tacit that failures to replicate published findings must indicate incompetence on the part of the replicators, rather than the original report being due to improper experimental technique or statistical fluctuations. While the specific obstacles to transmitting experimental procedures for social priming or functional magnetic resonance imaging are not the same as those for reading the future from the conformation and coloration of the liver of a sacrificed sheep, goat, or other bovid, we see no reason why Prof. Mitchell’s arguments are not at least as applicable to the latter as to the former. Instructions to referees for JEBH will accordingly be modified to enjoin them to treat reports of failures to replicate published findings as “without scientific value”, starting immediately. We hope by these means to ensure that the field of haruspicy, and perhaps even all of the mantic sciences, is spared the painful and unprofitable controversies over replication which have so distracted our colleagues in psychology.”

Verjetno nič posebnega, če ne bi tako spominjalo na stališča bom rekel kar precejšnjega dela slovenskega družboslovja, ko je govora o preverjanju njihovih umotvorov na konkretnih podatkih in predvsem z bolj oprijemljivo in metodološko težjo statistično analizo. Vsaka podobnost v imenovanjih torej žal ni zgolj naključna…

S temle verjetno zaključujem današnjo hiperaktivnost na tem blogu. O zgornjem stališču piše tudi Cosma Shalizi.

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