Skip to comments.Over 100 published science journal articles just gibberish
Posted on 03/01/2014 6:35:04 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
Do scientific papers ever seem like unreadable gibberish to you? Well, sometimes they really are.
Some 120 papers published in established scientific journals over the last few years have been found to be frauds, created by nothing more than an automated word generator that puts random, fancy-sounding words together in plausible sentence structures. As a result they have been pulled from the journals that originally published them.
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This is just the tip of the iceberg. Science has become so politicized and mercenary that I view much of what is reported with a healthy skepticism.
Science is never wrong. Anyone who disagrees with gibberish is a flat Earther.
Its almost as if some enemy group has taken over our culture and made it unfashionable to have integrity, obey the rules, obey the law etc.
This doesn’t appear a political issue. Seems like part fraud and part prank.
I guess scientists were never very good at communicating.
If they are editing their owns’ gibberish, that’s like the fox and the henhouse. Maybe they all think it makes sense.
I worked with an older man who truly wrote gibberish. I even wrote down a few examples in a notebook. Of “reports” and other documentation he made for the Navy. I had to edit and he was so bad I couldn’t even understand what he was getting at. This is not difficult language, either; nothing really “scientific”. Example:
“The following are baseline was used to generated for the attachment.”
Serious. From 1994. We were engineers.
I knew it!
It is driven by the search for grant money too.
Not this particular report, but this only represents a very small area of scientific literature that has been examined.
The ‘science community’ needs to start a satire blog like the military’s “DuffelBlog” satisfy this urge to amuse themselves.
It becomes very political when taxpayer money is granted to researchers who agree with the gibberish. It’s political robbery, plain and simple.
“... an automated word generator
that puts random, fancy-sounding words together
in plausible sentence structures ...”
I think there are some FReepers that use that same software!
It is ironic that gibberish like this is too easily accepted simply because of post modern ideology.
Right, I hope they go after global warming also.
I’m so old, I remember when science papers used to pertain to new scientific discoveries and breakthroughs. And Nobel prizes were awarded scientists based on their contributions to the advancement of the sciences.
Does this mean that global warming may be more political than scientific fact? Al Gore and a bunch of liberals want to know.
BTW, my degree is in Physics and Mathematics, so what do I know about scientific laws and theories. Move on, nothing to see here.
Gibberish? What gibberish?
Those Freepers are being fitted with breathalyzers on their keyboards.
But if 120 papers containing gibberish can be published in “mainstream” scientific journals, what good are the journals? How much of what they publish is worthless, or worse? There was a story some years ago of a young hot-shot German physics PhD who was getting all kinds of amazing results in various fields. Turns out, it was just “matlab” science. Impressive graphics based on nothing more than imagination. I think the hockey stick falls into this category, shoddy science based on computer trickery, producing learned sounding nonsense.
I think it was Norman August who said (around 1970) that the computer was the enemy of progress. Any simulation that cannot be explained on the back of an envelope is worse than useless, it’s dangerous.
Good one, accurate too.
No, I won't cite any examples.
That was hilarious. Obama should hire that guy to replace Carney.
Your colleague's writing reminds me of my students' writing. In the case of teenagers, I attribute it mostly to social promotion and lack of reading practice. Few of them read for pleasure and it shows. I don't know why an older man with an engineering education would be such a basket case. Perhaps he had an undiagnosed disability. Even my dad, who came to America as an adult and never had a formal course in English, writes better than that.
Part of it comes from the ‘publish or perish’ atmosphere in academic and scientific circles.
If an individual does not publish, their job can be in jeopardy.
Institutions need those studies and survey and papers to justify more government grants for more research.
Money. Grant money.
The whole Chicken Little climate change issue is not about changing the climate. It is about getting grant money.
“Since we publish over 2,200 journals and 8,400 books annually, this will take some time, Eric Merkel-Sobotta, a spokesman for the publisher Springer, which published 16 of the fake papers, told FoxNews.com.”
What else would would one expect from a journal named after Jerry Springer?
Turing test alert.
Now , there was Piltdown man after all. And lobotomy, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0aNILW6ILk, although what is interesting about the PBS video is that Muniz, who discovered the procedure, is not mentioned , nor his Nobel Prize. The usual selectivity of the media protecting their franchises.
Case in point:
... an automated word generator
that puts random, fancy-sounding words together
in plausible sentence structures ...
I don’t know about the software FReepers might be using, but I immediately thought of Professor Irwin Corey, and his shtick when I read that quote.
As nearly as I can tell, the people who created this gibberish are now available to solve the problem.
Kind of like robbing a bank and approaching them the next day selling a security system.
I should have included that I got that information from another source.
I can’t count the number of times colleagues show me scientific articles that do not stand up to inspection. This is especially true when the article deals with topics that are not common fare for the average university.
I would guess that fully 2/3s of the articles I’ve examined over the past few years on ultrasonics are a complete waste of time. At best they are a distraction, but sometimes they lead younger engineers on wild goose chases.
Does this mean that all of the papers published on global warming have been removed or just most of them?
One must not assume the fundamental principles of gibberish are inherintly an unwanted characteristic of every day interaction between beings thinking on a level plane of shared thought, if it were to be proven that comprehension between them was the arrived at result regardless of any true skill in mutual communication and idea exchange taking place in the matrix of the reality we perceive to be in existence at this current juncture of humanity’s progress, within the paradoxical realms between that which is earthbound and that which is heretofore discharged into the ethereal zones above all that we understand about our time wave-form. Believe me...
The father of this advance in scientific literature was Cliff Nazarro.
Postmodernists assume that there are no standards for truth, beauty, or goodness. The wording of a text is less important than the reader's interpretation of the text. The reader's subjective interpretation determines what the author intended.
They believe that no matter how a writer constructs a sentence, it can never tell us about the real world, but only about the world as understood by the reader. By allowing the reader to invent new meanings, the text is freed from the tyranny of the author's single intended meaning.
There is a great 30 second clip in the Penn and Teller Bullshit episode on global warming. The founder of the Weather Channel shows a chart of temperature from the 1900s to today. CO2 trends up the whole century. Temperatures rise, dip in the 1920s through 1950s or so, then rise again. If there was a correlation between temperature and CO2, there wouldn’t be a cold spell. And this meteorologist says so.
Global warming is entirely political. They changed it to “climate change” because it stopped warming in the 1990s. (No statistically significant warming since 2000 for ocean or upper atmosphere).
The entire race to ration carbon and carbon dioxide, limit production and energy consumption, restrict population, force people into controlled communities - these are the same proposals they have no matter what the cause of any temperature variation. The solution for everything for liberals is fascism.
Pulled years later? IOW, the editors don’t edit.
alas poor ozone hole, you passed too soon...
Prof. Irwin Corey, the World’s Foremost Authority, had their number over 40 years ago.
I couldn’t agree more - and it’s rather sad.
But are they peer-reviewed by other word processors?
LOL - that never gets old.
Sassy don’t let Kevmo know
What if its not gibberish, but some kind of code?
That’s horse manure. Anyone who’s been reading up on phonons and how they react in a host metal lattice to large energy inputs (like gamma rays) will know what this paper is about. Plus, Dr. Hagelstein DEMONSTRATED a device that ran for several MONTHS.