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Scientific Studies ‘Misleading,’ Scientific Study Finds

Scientific studies are likely to generate meaningless and misleading conclusions, according to a new scientific study being released this week.

By (@JRRaphael)

July 1, 2009

The story you're about to read is not (entirely) true. It is, however, more accurate than most things on network television.

Drs. Harden Thicke and Ilene SouthYou may want to think twice before believing the latest scientific study to hit the Net. A new scientific study from the University of Wyoming’s Center for Research suggests studies published online tend to contain misleading results with minimal amounts of validity.

The study, led by Drs. Harden Thicke and Ilene South, finds nearly 86 percent of research circulated on the Web to be absolutely “meaningless” and “useless,” calling into question much of the work generated by the modern science community.

“Put simply, people who are publicizing their research online do not know what they are doing,” Thicke explains. “These so-called ‘scientists’ are spewing out mountains of inane drivel just to get their names on some second-rate Web site, probably run by a couple of dolts too dumb to know they’ve been duped.”

Thicke and South’s findings are already being heralded as controversial, though many are quick to label them as groundbreaking and long overdue.

“This fresh generation of 30-something-year-old scientists needs a wake-up call,” says Dr. Lance Boyle, 34, a researcher at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. “People should really take this discovery to heart.”

The study is set to be published in an upcoming edition of the Online Research Journal.

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