This article is an important tool for anyone who isn’t formally trained in analyzing and interpreting a scientific paper. I have referred to it often, and I hope you will too.

Violent metaphors

Last week’s post (The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google) sparked a very lively discussion, with comments from several people trying to persuade me (and the other readers) that their paper disproved everything that I’d been saying. While I encourage you to go read the comments and contribute your own, here I want to focus on the much larger issue that this debate raised: what constitutes scientific authority?

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