All Hail Peer Review!?
|January 7, 2011||Posted by PaV under Intelligent Design|
Yesterday there was an article published online by CNN highlighting the finding by the British journal, BMJ, that Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s sensational study linking autism to childhood vaccinations was a “complete fraud”. Today there’s word that the latest issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology contains an article on ESP. We’re told the article was “peer reviewed”. But it has been “described as ‘pure craziness’ and ‘an embarrassment for the entire field’ by scientists who allege it has serious flaws and that ESP is a myth.”
While it appears that Wakefield falsified medical histories of children (and apparently to aid and abet some trial lawyers who paid him nearly $675,000 so that they could go after Big Pharma), stories like these genuinely undermine the notion that a peer reviewed article has any added credibility—something our Darwinian critics insist is true. (But, of course, there’s all kinds of stuff they insist is true. We just have to believe them!)