The last 30 days or so have seen a great uptick in the discussion about science, religion, politics and epistemology. For the Cleveland Browns fans out there, epistemology is the study of how we know things – What is the basis of actual knowledge. The uptick is the result of the revelation that a study on attitudes about homosexuality was essentially faked. I searched for an article of any sort that explained what happened without a lot of opinion attached and the only ones I could find are behind expensive academic pay walls. This is as close as I could come to something of that sort.
Not being in academia myself, I first picked up on the fraudulent study from a June 5 WSJ opinion piece. I did not think much of it at the time because it is about polling, and while polling uses a lot of scientific tools, it has never risen to the level of “science.” I am by academic training a chemist (M.S., Chemistry, Butler University, 1984) which is about as rigorous as science gets. Continue Reading