Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

FDA investigators raid American Society of Human Genetics offices in Carl Zimmer cloning case

Posted 01 Apr 2016 / 4

Investigators from the United States Food and Drug Administration raided the offices of the American Society of Human Genetics this week. The unusual raid was the culmination of what has been a three-year investigation of science journalist Carl Zimmer, who is now being accused of cloning himself in order to increase his writing output. “We Read More

A Major Post, Cognitive Ability, Cooperation, Cultural Evolution, Epigenetics, Ethics, Genetics, Intelligences, Memetic Fitness, Neuroscience, Scientific Fraud

Injury intuition confirmation bias? Farce article goes really viral

Posted 12 Jan 2016 / 0

Hurt Apple image by Nina Matthews courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Although of course I would never sanction such behavior, it appears that a farcical medical research article has gone virally awry. The article, Maternal kisses are not effective in alleviating minor childhood injuries (boo-boos): a randomized, controlled and blinded study, was published in late December. Read More

A Minor Post, Articles, Belief, Ethics, Methods, Scientific Fraud

Open Access publishing and “peer review” fail the test of a well-designed hoax

Posted 07 Oct 2013 / 0

The Economist “Science’s Sokal Moment” Science “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” The correct term for the kinds of journals that publish open-access work that is poorly reviewed is “predatory”. Like unaccredited “universities”, they prey on scientists whose work is not high enough in quality or significance to publish in the larger, mainstream journals by offering Read More

A Minor Post, Articles, Economics, Ethics, Periodicals, Publication, Scientific Fraud, Web

Think the Milgram Experiments tell us something definitive about human nature? Think again!

Posted 21 Aug 2013 / 0

WNYC The Leonard Lopate Show “The Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments” This great feature uncovers two major sources of scientific distortion: Milgram himself selectively reported his results in order to tell a more sensational story; and Media depictions, fueled by popular preconceptions, further filtered and distorted the meanings of Milgram’s scientific results. Both Read More

A Minor Post, Altruism, Behavior, Emotion, Empathy, Ethics, Human Nature, Methods, Psychology, Radio & Podcasts, Scientific Fraud, Social Norms

Fracking study retracted after the discovery of a massive conflict of interest

Posted 07 Dec 2012 / 0

All Things Considered “Positive Fracking Study Was Funded By Gas Company” 1.5 million dollars is a lot to receive from a corporation with interest in your research! Scientists can be bought, and transparency is the only thing that prevents profit-driven scientific fraud.

A Minor Post, Anthropogenic Change, Ethics, Pollution, Radio & Podcasts, Resource Consumption, Scientific Fraud, Sustainable Energy, Water Supply

Would online data repositories solve the problem of scientific fraud?

Posted 23 Aug 2012 / 0

The Chronicle of Higher Education “Despite Occasional Scandals, Science Can Police Itself“

A Minor Post, Articles, Periodicals, Scientific Fraud

A pharma-agricultural tragedy of the commons?

Posted 23 Jun 2012 / 0

The Chronicle of Higher Education “As Beef Cattle Become Behemoths, Who Are Animal Scientists Serving?” This is a scary story of corporate tainting of science.

A Minor Post, Ethics, Grants & Funding, Scientific Fraud

On the Media takes on the problem of scientific integrity in scientific journals and the popular media

Posted 09 Jun 2012 / 0

On the Media “How British science journalists are secretly undermining the American media” On the Media “Scientific retractions on the rise” On the Media “Retraction watch“

A Minor Post, Publication, Radio & Podcasts, Scientific Fraud