Monthly Archives: February 2011

Some bad science is found out too late

From Reuters Health Information Scientists Question US Anthrax Attack Evidence WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) Feb 15 – A panel of investigators on Tuesday cast doubt on FBI scientific evidence that a U.S. Army researcher, Bruce Ivins, committed a series of deadly … Continue reading

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EU-funded groupthink, no proof

This paper is an example of the very small number of peer-reviewed publications that appear to validate ISO management standards.  The detailed descriptions may obscure the fact that they are descriptions only.  The paper describes the management of a science but is not scientific in its method.  … Continue reading

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They will impose that goodness upon us

They are working to make us “good”.  Just like themselves. The Witch Doctor warns: “…After all, the government have set up a unit in order to change the behaviour of society to the way they want it to be, rather than serving … Continue reading

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I’m not the only one that thinks this

Kenny and Davies have described a broader manifestation of this obsessive, verificationist pattern of thinking that is endemic in UK public services. “The syndrome is called probophilia. Its key performance indicator is mis-measurement done to assuage the system’s pathological need … Continue reading

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It’s mad, you know

Obsession simplifies the complexities of life and can create an impression of control.  Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) is a pervasive pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency.  … Continue reading

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An uninvestigated pandemic

Why are accreditation bodies treated with less suspicion than pharmaceutical companies?  Laboratory accreditation is promoted as source of confidence and quality by accreditation organisations.  These exist in an international quality cartel which prevents the price competition between members that normally destroys … Continue reading

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European hypocrisy on cartels

Price competition between members normally destroys cartels.  Therefore accreditation bodies such as UKAS are allotted territories through national mutual recognition arrangements.  This is a nod to the idea of ISO standardisation and objective third-party assessment.  But the real purpose is to … Continue reading

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Which is stronger – ideology or scientific evidence?

Sometimes the big ideas that become accepted are eventually discovered to be wrong.  In the meantime, they are protected by the marketing of their beautiful story.  Books and films may be inspired by it.  Like an obsession, it makes the world seem simpler and … Continue reading

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“It can be proven that most claimed research findings are false”

I find it bizarre that doctors and scientists have accepted the ISO/UKAS accreditation philosophy without any proof that it works. They should know better. There are three strands to clinical science. 1. Speculative science that generates new hypotheses. 2. Academic and … Continue reading

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Nobody cares – true or false?

I asked an experienced professional writer how best to highlight the problem of the quality accreditation scam.  His response was less prolix than usual: “You can’t.  Nobody cares.” He seems to be correct.  How awful that being boring is so … Continue reading

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