The Human Magnet Syndrome - Excerpts - page 10

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A “study” (research) should be designed to test the validity of the hypothesis.
The study, and all the elements that comprise it, should control for any possible unintended
variances and confounding influences.
The collected data should be accurately and objectively analyzed so that the study’s hypothesis
can be proven, disproven, or somewhere in between.
The study should be reviewed by peers in the same profession so the validity and reliability of its
conclusion is confirmed or disputed.
The research findings should be replicated in subsequent studies.
If the scientific method was performed on the hypothesis that bloodletting cured stomach ulcers, the
following would have been concluded. Stomach pain is caused by a perforated ulcer in the stomach
lining. The perforation is caused by the vulnerability of the stomach lining and the over-production of
stomach acid. To prove that bloodletting works on stomach ulcers, the study would have to
demonstrate that it decreased the production of stomach acid enough to prevent ulcers, and/or heal
them. Such a study would have established a connection between a demonstrably real problem, and if
the purported treatment provided relief from it.
It takes an outside-the-box and a pioneering spirit to challenge established or widely accepted scientific
conclusions. Debunking bad science comes with risk as a great many people have a vested interest in
defending it. Some researchers would rather attack a person’s credibility or skill level, than to accept
the valid conclusion of another colleague.
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