A good part of my job is to look at scientific studies and figure out if they represent good science. You’d think they’d hire an actual scientist to do that, but, really it’s not necessary. There are a handful of rules good science follows, and then there is a lot of common sense involved. I can follow rules, and I am bogged down with common sense, so I am fairly good at analyzing a fair percentage of them. If the studies look at science that is over my head, or if it involves statistics, I give it to somebody else.
It turns out, I’m not the only non-scientist who looks at scientific studies! I’m not even the only funny non-scientist who does.
On Sunday, John Oliver took a look on Last Week Tonight.
For the entire version, which Word Press won’t let me post because it’s too long, click on this link.
And don’t believe everything you read. Or hear.