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Over 100 published science journal articles just gibberish
Fox News ^ | March 01, 2014 | Maxim Lott

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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But how could gibberish end up in respectable science papers? The man who discovered the recent frauds said it showed slipping standards among scientists.

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.

1 posted on 03/01/2014 6:35:04 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Science is never wrong. Anyone who disagrees with gibberish is a flat Earther.


2 posted on 03/01/2014 6:38:47 AM PST by BinaryBoy (Starve the RINOs: Not one dollar, not one vote.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

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.


3 posted on 03/01/2014 6:40:12 AM PST by bigtoona
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To: Malone LaVeigh

This doesn’t appear a political issue. Seems like part fraud and part prank.


4 posted on 03/01/2014 6:41:54 AM PST by sakic
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To: Malone LaVeigh

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.


5 posted on 03/01/2014 6:42:36 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

I knew it!


6 posted on 03/01/2014 6:43:12 AM PST by Tax-chick (Lost to headquarters.)
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To: sakic

It is driven by the search for grant money too.


7 posted on 03/01/2014 6:47:53 AM PST by pfflier
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To: pfflier

True.


8 posted on 03/01/2014 6:49:51 AM PST by sakic
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To: sakic
This doesn’t appear a political issue.

Not this particular report, but this only represents a very small area of scientific literature that has been examined.

9 posted on 03/01/2014 6:50:35 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Malone LaVeigh

The ‘science community’ needs to start a satire blog like the military’s “DuffelBlog” satisfy this urge to amuse themselves.


10 posted on 03/01/2014 6:51:13 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: Malone LaVeigh
punked... proving the journals are full of bull$hit
11 posted on 03/01/2014 6:53:00 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: sakic

It becomes very political when taxpayer money is granted to researchers who agree with the gibberish. It’s political robbery, plain and simple.


12 posted on 03/01/2014 6:54:04 AM PST by abclily
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To: Malone LaVeigh

“... an automated word generator
that puts random, fancy-sounding words together
in plausible sentence structures ...”
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I think there are some FReepers that use that same software!


13 posted on 03/01/2014 6:55:50 AM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh
His paper argued that gravity is “postmodern” because it is “free from any dependence on the concept of objective truth.” Yet it was accepted and published.

It is ironic that gibberish like this is too easily accepted simply because of post modern ideology.

14 posted on 03/01/2014 6:58:11 AM PST by Fzob (Jesus + anything = nothing, Jesus + nothing = everything)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Right, I hope they go after global warming also.


15 posted on 03/01/2014 6:58:29 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: Malone LaVeigh

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.


16 posted on 03/01/2014 7:00:29 AM PST by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: BinaryBoy

Gibberish? What gibberish?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLDgQg6bq7o


17 posted on 03/01/2014 7:00:43 AM PST by sjmjax (Politicans are much like bananas. They start off green, turn yellow then rot.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Those Freepers are being fitted with breathalyzers on their keyboards.


18 posted on 03/01/2014 7:00:51 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: Malone LaVeigh

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.


19 posted on 03/01/2014 7:03:12 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: Repeal The 17th
I think there are some FReepers that use that same software!

Good one, accurate too.

No, I won't cite any examples.

20 posted on 03/01/2014 7:05:45 AM PST by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: sjmjax

That was hilarious. Obama should hire that guy to replace Carney.


21 posted on 03/01/2014 7:07:21 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: the OlLine Rebel
"“The following are baseline was used to generated for the attachment.”

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.

22 posted on 03/01/2014 7:09:47 AM PST by Think free or die
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To: sjmjax

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNC3OciAF3w


23 posted on 03/01/2014 7:10:36 AM PST by nesnah (Liberals - the petulant children of politics)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

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.

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Bottom line:

Money. Grant money.

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The whole Chicken Little climate change issue is not about changing the climate. It is about getting grant money.


24 posted on 03/01/2014 7:11:38 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“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?


25 posted on 03/01/2014 7:11:50 AM PST by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Turing test alert.


26 posted on 03/01/2014 7:15:46 AM PST by nonsporting
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To: Texicanus

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.


27 posted on 03/01/2014 7:16:36 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: Texicanus

Many formerly reputable journals would only post articles after serious peer reviews were done.

What do these gibberish articles being pulled say about the peers?
28 posted on 03/01/2014 7:17:07 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Malone LaVeigh; Kevmo

Case in point:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3126672/posts


29 posted on 03/01/2014 7:23:57 AM PST by bolobaby
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To: Repeal The 17th

“... 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.


30 posted on 03/01/2014 7:27:04 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

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.


31 posted on 03/01/2014 7:28:35 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

I should have included that I got that information from another source.


32 posted on 03/01/2014 7:29:18 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh
But - it's authentic scientific gibberish.
33 posted on 03/01/2014 7:41:10 AM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

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.


34 posted on 03/01/2014 7:42:49 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: BinaryBoy
Gabby Johnson tells it like it is.
35 posted on 03/01/2014 7:44:11 AM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Does this mean that all of the papers published on global warming have been removed or just most of them?


36 posted on 03/01/2014 8:03:09 AM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

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...


37 posted on 03/01/2014 8:32:25 AM PST by smedley64
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To: Malone LaVeigh

The father of this advance in scientific literature was Cliff Nazarro.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzcE0G_OMDA


38 posted on 03/01/2014 8:33:53 AM PST by eartrumpet
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To: Malone LaVeigh
gravity is “postmodern” because it is “free from any dependence on the concept of objective truth.”

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.

39 posted on 03/01/2014 8:38:01 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Texicanus

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.


40 posted on 03/01/2014 8:41:59 AM PST by tbw2
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Pulled years later? IOW, the editors don’t edit.


41 posted on 03/01/2014 8:53:00 AM PST by bgill
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To: tbw2
Global Warming is political and it is the new "tool" since the last (similar tool) was milked dry.

alas poor ozone hole, you passed too soon...

42 posted on 03/01/2014 8:58:36 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Prof. Irwin Corey, the World’s Foremost Authority, had their number over 40 years ago.


43 posted on 03/01/2014 9:13:02 AM PST by Oratam
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To: Malone LaVeigh

I couldn’t agree more - and it’s rather sad.


44 posted on 03/01/2014 9:28:10 AM PST by aquila48
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To: Malone LaVeigh

But are they peer-reviewed by other word processors?


45 posted on 03/01/2014 9:33:00 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Malone LaVeigh
Can't help but wonder how many of those junk papers touted AGW (aka "Climate Change")...
46 posted on 03/01/2014 9:33:13 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: sjmjax

LOL - that never gets old.


47 posted on 03/01/2014 9:37:07 AM PST by mykroar (We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. - Nathanael Greene)
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To: Malone LaVeigh; Kevmo

Sassy don’t let Kevmo know


48 posted on 03/01/2014 9:38:30 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Malone LaVeigh

What if its not gibberish, but some kind of code?


49 posted on 03/01/2014 9:43:13 AM PST by uncitizen (Impeach the Communist Already!)
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To: bolobaby

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.


50 posted on 03/01/2014 9:44:47 AM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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