Comments on: Lessons from a retracted editorial http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/06/lessons-from-a-retracted-editorial/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Greenaum http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/06/lessons-from-a-retracted-editorial/comment-page-1/#comment-25683 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 17:39:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7841#comment-25683 Another problem might be, that other media might quote Surgery News, obviously without including the caveats a scientist would know about. It’s the sort of titillating nonsense newspapers love to print, and I can imagine they don’t want their name attached to a frivolous bit of speculation.

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By: drewbie http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/06/lessons-from-a-retracted-editorial/comment-page-1/#comment-25682 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 17:26:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7841#comment-25682 I had the same thoughts, Auros.

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By: johnhhaskell http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/06/lessons-from-a-retracted-editorial/comment-page-1/#comment-25677 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 03:19:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7841#comment-25677 commenting that “Just because readers of the Wall Street Journal enjoy reading editorials that engage in wish fulfillment and cherry picking of data doesn’t mean readers of Surgery News are similarly inclined” is the new killing it

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By: Auros http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/06/lessons-from-a-retracted-editorial/comment-page-1/#comment-25647 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 23:41:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7841#comment-25647 Nemi, the problem is that it’s bad science. The author ignores the possibility of a confounding factor. For instance, perhaps women who engage regularly in unprotected sex are either (a) extremely uninhibited in general (which might make them subjectively happier, as well as more likely to go out in the rain without a coat, as it were), or (b) in long-term committed relationships where they feel they can trust that their partner is not screwing around (again, a cause of both happiness / lower stress, and more unprotected sex).

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By: figleaf http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/06/lessons-from-a-retracted-editorial/comment-page-1/#comment-25632 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 19:09:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7841#comment-25632 Hmmm. I’m just a lowly sex blogger but I’m… pretty sure there’s another possibility that goes beyond squeamishness or primness on the part of American College of Surgeons board members.

It could instead have something to do with the credibility of the researcher he cited. Technically speaking there’s nothing wrong with the editor of a premier surgical journal citing the work of an evolutionary psychologist who’s other work includes assessing coed breast size for evolutionary advantage, whether homosexuality is evolved, and whether your tone of voice is evolved to signal your fertility. And so there’s technically nothing wrong with citing his work on the anti-depressant qualities of hawt bareback sex on… once again… 293 college coeds. (The researcher, Gordan Gallup, remains oddly silent on whether the ingredients in semen ward off depression in, oh, say, gay men. Even though more conventional applications of all the named active ingredients allegedly found in semen work pretty much identically in both men and women.)

But I digress. Whereas there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with a serious physician citing a social scientist’s speculation from nine years ago on the alleged pharmacological effects of body fluids, other physicians… might be inclined to quibble when a number of other, larger, less agenda-driven studies of less homogenous groups of women fail to corroborate those speculations.

Just because readers of the Wall Street Journal enjoy reading editorials that engage in wish fulfillment and cherry picking of data doesn’t mean readers of Surgery News are similarly inclined.

But then just because WSJ readers are notoriously humorless is no reason to imagine American surgeons have none. But the humor should probably rely on something besides rehashes of disputed research. No matter how much one imagines one’s readers might wish it were true.

figleaf

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By: Nemi http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/04/06/lessons-from-a-retracted-editorial/comment-page-1/#comment-25626 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:30:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7841#comment-25626 I´m probably stupid, but I don´t understand what I should react negatively towards. Is it that he encourage unprotected sex?

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