Two news stories caught my eye – at first I thought one was a joke, but no. From the Daily Mail:
Drinking water does not ease dehydration, the European Union has ruled – and anyone who disagrees faces two years in prison.
Well, scientists say it so it must be true.
And then this story from the National Post:
In “False-Positive Psychology: Undisclosed Flexibility in Data Collection and Analysis Allows Presenting Anything as Significant,” two scientists from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a colleague from Berkeley, argue that modern academic psychologists have so much flexibility with numbers that they can literally prove anything.
In effect turning the weapons of statistical analysis against their own side, the trio managed to to prove something demonstrably false, and thereby cast a wide shadow of doubt on any researcher who claims his findings are “statistically significant.”