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Stop Pretending You Understand Science

If you think peer review is something that can be shilled and, thus, science isn't reliable, you do not know how the system works. Peer review is structured to weed out bias by design and profit bias is no more effective at puncturing it. Peer review forces you to tip your hand. If you publish bad data that is not repeatable by your peers, it doesn't get selected for publishing. If the journal makes an error and publishes it anyway (which happens), other experts can and do continue vindicating it. Only factual information has practical application, so if your bad data is useless to me, it will get replaced by something that works. It doesn't matter how much you were paid to fabricate that data. Even so, calling someone a "shill" only means, "You have a conflict of interest." That doesn't mean they are necessarily wrong.

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If you think peer review is something that can be shilled and, thus, science isn't reliable, you do not know how the system works. Peer review is structured to weed out bias by design and profit bias is no more effective at puncturing it. Peer review forces you to tip your hand. If you publish bad data that is not repeatable by your peers, it doesn't get selected for publishing. If the journal makes an error and publishes it anyway (which happens), other experts can and do continue vindicating it. Only factual information has practical application, so if your bad data is useless to me, it will get replaced by something that works. It doesn't matter how much you were paid to fabricate that data. Even so, calling someone a "shill" only means, "You have a conflict of interest." That doesn't mean they are necessarily wrong.

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