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The problem with government science...


The authors of the study admitted a bias going into the study. Here was the history as described to me: Public health experts long assumed flu shots were effective in the elderly. But, paradoxically, all the studies done failed to demonstrate a benefit. Instead of considering that they, the experts, could be wrong–instead of believing the scientific data–the public health experts assumed the studies were wrong. After all, flu shots have to work, right?

... is that the answer is usually known before the question is asked. Even when that answer is wrong.

Of course nothing immunizes non-government science from having the same issue. But if you are paying for a study with your own money, at least you are likely to pay attention to the results.

This entry was published Mon Oct 27 15:35:24 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-10-27 03:46:26.0. [Tweet]

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