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Mike Sutton
Mike Sutton
Dr Mike Sutton is the author of 'Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret'.
 

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Nov. 24, 2012 11:49 am
Any government or organisation seeking to implement policies based on the intuition of politicians, policy advisers, civil servants, senior executives, managers and other self-anointed ‘experts’ should beware that their compellingly plausible initiatives do not fall foul of the dreaded Clowns Fallacy. The Clowns Fallacy The principal lesson for policy and practice that I have named the Clowns...  Read More
Nov. 17, 2012 6:55 am
Q1. Which of the two diagrams below represents a mere description of the data of a completed crime? Q2. Which diagram below represents a veracious notion of opportunity for crime? Q3. Explain what the Semmelweis lag is and discuss its potential importance for understanding bad science and stubborn bias even when faced with veracious disconfirming evidence for prior orthodox 'knowledge'. Q4....  Read More
Nov. 9, 2012 2:13 am
In my article on hi-tech crime I point out the similarities between the ancient mythologies of fire theft with the realities of copyright theft. In both cases the owner's status and earning capacity is undermined even though no physical object is taken away, diminished or even disturbed. The same problem that would have 'robbed' our imagined prehistoric “keeper of the sacred fire” by making...  Read More
Nov. 5, 2012 6:25 am
The Semmelweis Reflex is a favourite lesson that scientists and sceptical scholars rely upon in order to teach the lesson that ‘experts’ relying upon embedded orthodox knowledge can fiercely contest new ideas and irrationally reject them – like a knee-jerk reflex- without due regard to the veracity of the new findings. Explanations of the phenomenon are legion in the scholarly literature and...  Read More
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