Can Science Work Without Trust?

By Neuroskeptic | August 16, 2014 8:26 am

What would happen if scientists stopped trusting each other?

Before trying to answer this question, I’ll explain why it has been on my mind. Science fraud, questionable research practices, and replication have got a lot of attention lately. One issue common to all of these discussions is trust. Scientists are asking: can we trust other scientists to be honest? Is peer review based on trust? Is the act of discussing these issues itself eroding trust? What can we do to restore trust?

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But what is trust, in a scientific context, and where does it come from?

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Terminal Lucidity: Myth, Mystery or Miracle?

By Neuroskeptic | August 9, 2014 11:46 am

Can sick people gain mental clarity just before they die?

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Do Narcissists Know They’re Narcissists?

By Neuroskeptic | August 7, 2014 7:00 pm

According to a provocative paper just published, it’s possible to accurately determine how narcissistic someone is by asking them just one thing.

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Do Sciences and Humanities Students’ Brains Differ?

By Neuroskeptic | August 4, 2014 5:05 pm

Scholars on both sides of the science-humanities divide have been known to feel that their counterparts just don’t think in the same way. But could it be that their brains are actually different?

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Functional Neuroimaging’s Neymar Problem

By Neuroskeptic | July 31, 2014 4:26 pm

As a “World Cup tie in post” this one’s a bit late, but here’s a story that’s been getting a lot of attention: According to scientists, Neymar uses instinct and not his brain when playing football

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Yes, if you believe the headlines, research has shown that legendary Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos is so good, he can play with his brain switched off.

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Spotted at last: “Homo economicus”?

By Neuroskeptic | July 25, 2014 10:12 am

Are we selfish?

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Preregistration for All Medical Animal Research

By Neuroskeptic | July 23, 2014 12:13 pm

Writing in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, three Dutch researchers say that All preclinical trials should be registered in advance in an online registry

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Babylonian Neurology and Psychiatry

By Neuroskeptic | July 20, 2014 2:43 pm

A fascinating little paper in Brain examines Neurology and psychiatry in Babylon. It’s a collaboration by British neurologist Edward H. Reynolds and Assyriologist James V. Kinnier Wilson.

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There’s A Place For Heroic Gambles In Science

By Neuroskeptic | July 16, 2014 11:48 am

Over at Paul Knoepfler’s excellent Stem Cell Blog, commenter Robert Geller (@rjgeller) offers some remarkable data about the hiring of a disgraced scientist.

Geller queries why Haruko Obokata, the biologist at the center of the “STAP” stem cell scandal, was ever given her job. Obokata is a Research Unit Leader (RUL) at Japan’s national Riken Center for Developmental Biology (CDB). It was after being appointed to this prestigious post that she completed and published her discovery of “STAP cells” – supposedly a new kind of way of making stem cells. Her data turned out to be serious flawed and Obokata’s two papers on STAP were retracted in Nature earlier this month. But should she have been hired in the first place?

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Can We Grasp The Brain’s Complexity?

By Neuroskeptic | July 14, 2014 1:48 pm

An entertaining paper just out in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience offers a panoramic view of the whole of neuroscience: Enlarging the scope: grasping brain complexity

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