On Scientific Studies
Scientific studies are often very useful in the way they prove life altering hypotheses to be true. In many cases however, these scientific studies are falsified often due to politics. For scientists to receive money their work must be published and only the most eye catching pieces will gain recognition. Secondly, people publishing information sometimes have a biases and will therefor miss represent the findings of a study. Both of these cause scientific studies to be falsified due to the involvement of personal appeal. Lastly, there is rarely anyone checking over a scientific study because there is simply no money to be found in replication studies.
The media certainty wants to captivate the audience’s attention by coming up with the most out there studies. John Oliver gives the example of how a study revealed how champagne three days a week helps prevent Alzheimer’s. This study is backed by no research and has not been revised at all. The media will cover any story that can be blamed on an outside source as long as it grabs people’s attention.
When researching topics it is crucial that the material that is used is reviewed and from a reliable source. Anything published in a book is reviewed by an editor and will not be published unless it is almost certainty true. When looking for online sources it is ideal to only cite peer reviewed pieces to ensure accurate information. People will often publish works for personal gain or to push an agenda, which is why it is necessary to fact check and review all information.