Why science lost its cred, and the media are full of lies

David Wineberg
The Straight Dope
Published in
8 min readApr 11, 2023

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“Whenever I hear about provocative research, my default assumption is that it is wrong.”

The media, from journals to social media and everything in between, are filled with lies. Gary Smith, who seems to live to debunk the fraudsters, takes them all on in Distrust. And then he settles in on scientific studies for the abuse they regularly employ to deceive, and achieve fame. Not to put too fine a point on it, but 70% of psychologists themselves don’t trust the psychology studies they read. This is Smith’s chosen world, and he has…

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David Wineberg
The Straight Dope

Author, The Straight Dope, or What I learned from my first thousand nonfiction reviews. 16 Essays. Free with Prime www.thestraightdope.net