Posted in Education, Evidence-based Medicine, NIH, outcomes measurement, Quotes from American Presidents, Uncategorized

Check Your Scientism!

qqitfYou might be Scientismist if…

…you source-cite frantically to substantiate your views, even if you haven’t analyzed the data or the methods used or considered the limitations of the findings?

…you automatically believe certain sources and dismiss others without reading the original citations.

…you get your science from Facebook ads

…you believe the use of the phrase “scientific study” imparts devine validation to the conclusions.

…assume peer review is a real thing.

…don’t know the difference between a RCT, case-controlled study, cross-sectional study, cohort study, retrospective or prospective study…and don’t want to because it might call into question validity of your narrative!

…assume strong correlation is same as causation…AND don’t care if you’re wrong as long as it helps make your point!

And the #1 clue that you may be a Scientismist… When your favorite saying is, “the NIH says it, I believe and that settles it!”

Publishing a “study” does not bestow validation and data is mishandled as often as not; which is why much of the medical literature is wrong.

Hyperrational arrogance leads to scientism, which is not the same as good science.

Don’t be a scientismist!

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A primary care physician by training, my passion is researching and writing about the importance restoring patient centered care, supporting independent private physicians, promoting free-market solutions and seeking sustainable fiscal policy in healthcare.

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