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Inside The Mind Of A Scientist Who Made Up More Than 50 Studies
PopSci ^ | 4-26-2013 | Francie Diep

Posted on 04/28/2013 6:19:32 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot

When you hear about well-regarded scientists making up data in their studies, it's easy to wonder, What were they thinking?

A New York Times Magazine .... profiled Diederik Stapel, a psychologist, former dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and author of at least 55 papers with totally made-up data. .....

The first time he did it followed a predictable story line. He tested a hypothesis, he didn't find the answer he wanted, and then he didn't want to have to redo the experiment or face the fact that he'd "wasted" all that time. "I said—you know what, I am going to create the data set," he told the New York Times Magazine.

Later, he kept making up data to support hypotheses that were interesting, yet believable. The magazine described him as researching old studies thoroughly before making anything up. It seems he wasn't avoiding hard work. He was avoiding the occasional (or frequent) failure that comes with honestly done science.

(snip) He has since been the subject of media scrutiny in the Netherlands and an unflattering university report about his personality. .... Meanwhile, his case has brought an uncomfortable light to the field of psychology. Each of Stapel's fraudulent papers was peer-reviewed. Other psychologists had analyzed them and judged them of worthy of going to print. If they missed nearly 10 years of fraud from Stapel—and it was a couple graduate students who ultimately blew the whistle on Stapel, not a peer review panel—what else did they miss?

(Excerpt) Read more at popsci.com ...


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(More excerpt) In the New York Times Magazine reporting, he was open about his fraud and culpability.

Many researchers may not be as bold as Stapel, but may cherry-pick the data they want, or analyze it in a less-than-ideal way for their own ends. Their cumulative effect on what's considered known and true in psychology could be grave. (End excerpt)

1 posted on 04/28/2013 6:19:32 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot
Physics is a science.

Chemistry is a science.

Psychology is a primative artform.

/johnny

2 posted on 04/28/2013 6:22:32 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Science decided that they didn’t like the old accepted facts, so they have made up new accepted facts.

I used to reserve such criticism for the social sciences, but the hard sciences have proven themselves just as free with the facts, e.g. climate change.


3 posted on 04/28/2013 6:26:47 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Diederik Stapel, a psychologist,
***It figures. No real science here. Move along.


4 posted on 04/28/2013 6:28:55 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Psychology is a primative artform.

-PJ

5 posted on 04/28/2013 6:34:13 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Is that a picture of a politician dropped from 20K ft? Because that's all I ever see in those pictures. ;)

/johnny

6 posted on 04/28/2013 6:37:23 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SampleMan

I don’t believe anything I haven’t satisfactorily verified for myself, including all the medical research I have to rely on in my practice.

Outside my area of expertise, I don’t even believe the hard sciences unless they are hard enough for engineers to verify the conclusions of the scientists with a widely proven contraption of some sort that has withstood the test of time.

Firearms come to mind. So do automobiles and planes, as well as BIC lighters, Gillette razors, and G2 Rollerball pens. Computers and electric can openers - not so much. Psychology - LOL!!!

Old-fashioned, Ludite, and proud of it.


7 posted on 04/28/2013 6:40:20 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

I see a demon.

Does anyone remember the professor who made up his data on a pro gun control study. It was about early Americans not having very many guns at all.

He won a Pulitzer. I think he eventually got fired from Emory University in Atlanta.


8 posted on 04/28/2013 6:41:41 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

-PJ

9 posted on 04/28/2013 6:43:06 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

In the middle I see Obama with a crown or pressure cooker on his head. I see Obama’s ears so it must be him.


10 posted on 04/28/2013 6:45:29 PM PDT by Bronzy
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To: Political Junkie Too

I don’t need some big fat ass barking in my ear telling me what to do.


11 posted on 04/28/2013 6:46:04 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: eyedigress
Is that what that is? I was told it was why I hated my mother.

No, wait a minute...

-PJ

12 posted on 04/28/2013 6:51:10 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

He’s a psychologist of course it’s made up.


13 posted on 04/28/2013 6:56:42 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: Sir Napsalot; All
Not just one "scientist"'s reputation at stake here.

All of Stapel's 130 articles and 24 book chapters are under investigation by his former employer, Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The university suspended him in September 2011 and later discovered that, in addition to making up data, Stapel had allowed many of his students to graduate without ever completing an experiment. (Ref)

14 posted on 04/28/2013 6:57:34 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot
If they missed nearly 10 years of fraud from Stapel—and it was a couple graduate students who ultimately blew the whistle on Stapel, not a peer review panel—what else did they miss?

The gigantic fraud of global warming?

15 posted on 04/28/2013 6:58:25 PM PDT by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: yarddog

Does anyone remember the professor who made up his data on a pro gun control study

________________________

I remember the outcome fondly.


16 posted on 04/28/2013 7:00:28 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: yarddog

That was a guy named Belisle or something similar.


17 posted on 04/28/2013 7:03:13 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Bob

Yes that is the guy. I have no idea how to spell his name.

poor guy had to give back his Pulitzer.


18 posted on 04/28/2013 7:07:27 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

It’s a lobster ready for the pot.


19 posted on 04/28/2013 7:13:35 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Man, you have way more imagination than me.


20 posted on 04/28/2013 7:15:36 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

55 percent of statistics on the Internet are made up on the spot.


21 posted on 04/28/2013 7:15:38 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Sir Napsalot

typical scientist, just makes sh*t up while collecting his fat taxpayer salary


22 posted on 04/28/2013 7:15:42 PM PDT by Psiman (PS I am not a crackpot)
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To: Chickensoup

Yes , it was sweet wasn’t it. Not only did he make himself a fool, but it was big news to.


23 posted on 04/28/2013 7:18:23 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

As the drunks said of their cheap wine, “It’s peer reviewed!”


24 posted on 04/28/2013 7:23:19 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Bob

Belisides or something.


25 posted on 04/28/2013 7:45:45 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Sir Napsalot
Later, he kept making up data to support hypotheses that were interesting, yet believable. The magazine described him as researching old studies thoroughly before making anything up. It seems he wasn't avoiding hard work. He was avoiding the occasional (or frequent) failure that comes with honestly done science.

Anthropogenic global warming anyone?
If it can't be challenged it's not science.

Psychology is as far from science (redefining perversion as normal?) as astrology is from astronomy.

26 posted on 04/28/2013 7:51:57 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: count-your-change
As the drunks said of their cheap wine, “It’s peer reviewed!”

I think you misspelled "pee."

27 posted on 04/28/2013 7:56:11 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: 5th MEB

I just saw boobs.


28 posted on 04/28/2013 8:06:31 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

It looks like Napoleon’s retreat from Russia.


29 posted on 04/28/2013 8:09:30 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: mountn man

Boobs? By golly, when you look at it again, it does look like Obama and Biden.


30 posted on 04/28/2013 8:11:35 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: eyedigress

As part of my divorce the ex wanted the kids and us to go to a shrink. Older son found it worthless. The shrink maxed out the the visits to soak as much insurance as possible.

The only benefit I saw was on the final joint session with myself, ex and her husband when I let loose with both barrels; the husband’s only response was a stunned, “Dr. X, I’ve never been spoken to like that before in my life”.


31 posted on 04/28/2013 8:20:43 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Psychology is a primative artform.(sic) ===== Only if snake oil sales is. And this is the 'science' to be allowed to limit gun rights. Makes applying the wind, water, fire cure to the 'psy' types verrrrfy attractive. A break from the usual S3.
32 posted on 04/28/2013 8:28:12 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 ( Nothing so vexes me as a democrap above ground...ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS. (It's the Law))
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To: JRandomFreeper

Psychology exists to make Astrology seem credible.


33 posted on 04/28/2013 8:43:19 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (It's been over 90 days; time to start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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To: Rebelbase
I’ve never been spoken to like that before in my life

Send him over here. I'll talk to him like a red-headed step-child, and beat him like a rented mule.

Texas has a fine reputation for creative insults. 2 years ago, I started what in academia would be a post-graduate study in being able to craft them on the fly.

That's a skill I want to have.

/johnny

34 posted on 04/28/2013 8:50:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ExGeeEye
Astrology has the benefit of giving rise to astronomy.

But yes, I hear you. What background stars were behind Mars when I was born doesn't have much to do with whether I should ride my bike tomorrow.

And I'm not going to take life advice from someone that's been in therapy for his entire professional career.

/johnny

35 posted on 04/28/2013 8:54:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Sir Napsalot

“If you torture the data long enough and hard enough, it will always confess” - Dr. Earl R. Rich.

Earl had all too many of the ‘Academented” succinctly described, way back in the 1990’s.

Once a voice up on a mountain top allegedly took a position against “false witness”. Arguably, ‘false witnessing’ is a choice even less wise now when said ‘false witnessing’ can be traced in the trail which the ‘information age’ tends to preserve, and reveal.

Doubt the above? Ask the Goron, the ghost of Sigmund Fraud (deliberate typo), the climate research ‘scientists’ at the METS Lab at East Anglia, ad nauseam.


36 posted on 04/28/2013 9:10:32 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: Sir Napsalot; metmom; betty boop; tpanther
What's with all these fraudulent Dutch scientists?

Here's an example of a fraudulent evolutionist from a few years back.

Anthropologist resigns in 'dating disaster'

The ease with which evolutionary fraudsters have for political purposes gained access to media and political prominence merely paved the way for promoting scientific fraud in other areas of "science" through the MSM -- and all for political and grant grabbing purposes that have nothing to do with the study of credible science.

FReegards!


37 posted on 04/28/2013 9:33:03 PM PDT by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: publius911

As the Latin says, in wino veritas


38 posted on 04/28/2013 10:15:14 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I like it


39 posted on 04/28/2013 10:17:19 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Sir Napsalot

I think this is more common than anyone would think, okay maybe not 50 of them.


40 posted on 04/28/2013 10:23:34 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Sir Napsalot; Morgana

how many of his students, in the workforce, have fraudulent degrees?


41 posted on 04/28/2013 10:25:21 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Agamemnon; GodGunsGuts; Fichori; tpanther; Gordon Greene; Ethan Clive Osgoode; betty boop; ...

Ping


42 posted on 04/28/2013 11:05:48 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Agamemnon

Fraud is nothing new in science.

Studies examine withholding of scientific data among researchers, trainees
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1565120/posts

It May Look Authentic; Here’s How to Tell It Isn’t
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1563746/posts

Most scientific papers are probably wrong
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1473528/posts

Most Science Studies Appear to Be Tainted By Sloppy Analysis
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1896333/posts

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False
http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124&ct=1


43 posted on 04/28/2013 11:33:29 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: ExGeeEye

50 years ago, when I was studying Psychology at UofMD and OSU (and this guy would have been a student) my professors would have flunked him out so fast... He would never have had a PhD to abuse in the way he has.

What has happened to my field?


44 posted on 04/29/2013 12:57:33 AM PDT by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

(( ping ))

Oh, you gotta see this!
This guy could be a “climate change scientist”.


45 posted on 04/29/2013 1:31:54 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Sir Napsalot

Doesn’t this guy also go by the name “Michael Mann”?


46 posted on 04/29/2013 1:33:30 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: mountn man
I just saw boobs.

Dolly Parton came to my mind!

47 posted on 04/29/2013 3:28:58 AM PDT by dearolddad (/i>)
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To: metmom

Save for later reading.


48 posted on 04/29/2013 3:34:12 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Political Junkie Too

I thought you weren’t supposed to post porn on FR.


49 posted on 04/29/2013 3:34:44 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Sir Napsalot; All
To anyone interested, this NYT article shed more light on this.

Meat eaters are more selfish than vegetarians;

White people "became more likely to “stereotype and discriminate” against black people when they were in a messy environment, versus an organized one" to name a couple.

And other studies (now in question) used to influence our society, our leaders, because stereotypical progressive thinking media jumped on these findings that they liked.

I still maintained that 'hard science' is more difficult to fudge data, ('climate science' aside), but we won't know how broad the data tempering is unless the scientist comes forward him/herself.

50 posted on 04/29/2013 4:36:00 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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