Also this week: are universities a partisan political issue in Canada, advice on giving talks, “turn that shit into a blog post”, and more.
Poll data (unreviewed as yet, but it looks solid to me) on how often ecologists engage in various questionable research practices. I’m most alarmed that half the respondents have at some point reported an unexpected finding as if they had predicted it beforehand. Ok, it’s possible for that not to compromise the severity of your test–but in most cases it squashes the severity of your test like a grape at a winemaking festival. Had me thinking back to this study from a few years ago of the “chrysalis effect”–how ugly results get turned into beautiful hypothesis tests. I’m also thinking back to Brian’s post on how ecologists should stop treating exploratory statistics like “the crazy uncle nobody wants to talk about”.
Sociologist Kieran Healy’s advice on giving talks and making slides. Some of it is specific to sociology, but most of it generalizes, such as this:
[N]o one wants to watch someone bomb. This means that presenters start out with the audience on their side to a much greater degree than people often realize.
A bit (and I do mean a bit) of data on how Canadian attitudes about the purpose of higher education vary with political affiliation. Some similarities to the US, but also some differences.
Erving Goffman’s 1982 Presidential address to the American Sociology Association is funny and scathing about his own field–and pretty much every other field. 🙂
And finally, I endorse this. Obviously. 🙂