Sunday, January 12, 2014

Philosophy Wire: Scientific announcements: A dangerous game...

Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2014-01-12]:

"Low vitamin D is a marker — not a cause — of disease, research review suggests. A large review of all major studies of vitamin D has found that taking vitamin D supplements does not offer protection against acute respiratory infections or chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, depression and Parkinson’s disease." [12]

"Vitamin D plays an important role in regulating the immune system in health and disease and may be beneficial for patients with multiple sclerosis." [3]

A non-philosophical question: What grade would you put to a high school student who wrote these two contradicting conclusions in the same paper?

It is time to get serious!
Antiphaseis in hasty scientific announcements have reached a limit! It is a good thing to publish (and get funding), but it is also good to know what you are publishing!
Human lives are not a game!

It is time the scientific community becomes a COMMUNITY!

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