Thursday, June 18, 2015
"How a Grad Student Uncovered a Huge Fraud"
We clearly cannot know or keep abreast of everything, so are forced to rely on those who are trained to investigate and report.
That system failed us here, and skeptical me thinks it happens more often than we'll ever find out...
In a really long article from NY Magazine, Jesse Singal thoroughly explains the anatomy of of this fraud:
"The exposure of one of the biggest scientific frauds in recent memory didn’t start with concerns about normally distributed data, or the test-retest reliability of feelings thermometers, or anonymous Stata output on shady message boards, or any of the other statistically complex details that would make it such a bizarre and explosive scandal. Rather, it started in the most unremarkable way possible: with a graduate student trying to figure out a money issue."