BAD SCHOLARSHIP, WEIRD BELIEFS AND STRANGELY UNEXPLORED AREAS OF RESEARCH
Identifying strangely neglected areas of research, understanding why orthodox research scholarship and 'knowledge' becomes lopsided, revealing and understanding the reasons for the creation, dissemination and widespread belief in academic and policy oriented research frauds, lies, deceptions, hoaxes, fallacies, myths, braced myths, errors and irrational policymaking.
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Desspite research, there is currently not a shred of scientific evidence for any causal relationship between infant vaccinations and autism. Any notion that such a thing might exist originated in an article in the Lancet in 1998. That article, written by Andrew Wakefield and several colleagues, was later retracted for science fraud. Here..
Robert De Niro who has a son with autism once went on TV to lobby for more research into the possible causal effects of vaccinations on autism. Clearly, the Wakefield article set an insidious meme lose in the world: the 'Vaccine Autism Meme' (VAM). De Niro caught it. His mind was contaminated with it. Perhaps it still is. You can go straight to the TV interview HERE.
Today, the brain of the President of the United States of America is proven to be infected with VAM. The hard evidence is provided by way of his own Tweets. The evidence has been safely archived and cited for posterity at my blog site: "The Veracity Institute" HERE.
Back in the UK, where this whole thing started, I have been commissioned by the Editor of the highly respected and influential HealthWatch Magazine to write a brief article on the subject of what we know and don't know about the impact of politicians personally broadcasting information on health issues - including vaccination coverage in the USA and elsewhere in the world. The article is to be co-authored with Professor Matt Henn - an expert on politics, and Linda Gibson, an expert on public health. We propose in our forthcoming article that a research project should be commissioned to look in greater depth at this one particular issue.
HealthWatch first came to hear of my research into science myths via earlier work published in the Internet Journal of Criminology and on Best Thinking. If you use Google as your browser, an article they commissioned me t write on the Spinach myth can be read HERE.
When our VAM article is published I will write a blog - with a link to it.
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Friday, 17 March 2017
Sunday, 12 March 2017
Some folk are totally incapable of lateral thinking. Can you see why Popeye & Spinach is important for criminology? https://t.co/BFTzJY11Ms pic.twitter.com/hfZRHAyJDX— Dr Mike Sutton (@Criminotweet) March 12, 2017
Why is this an important thing to know about and know how to deal with? Find out here
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Aston University has appointed enterprise and healthcare specialist PR agency @JournalistaLtd https://t.co/5Is5XhPUIC— Gorkana (@Gorkana) March 7, 2017
++What you can triangulate on Google! Find links between me & disgraced MP Hazel Blears— Dr Mike Sutton (@Criminotweet) March 11, 2017
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++@Rock_and_Droll there is research, but not much. I briefly reviewed it at https://t.co/DcMPrPxCje @PoliceNAWG @OkkiPepernoot pic.twitter.com/7FzJEBYFcL— Matt Ashby (@LessCrime) March 11, 2017
++.Actual fact led overview @LessCrime @Rock_and_Droll @PoliceNAWG @OkkiPepernoot COPS guide tackling stolen goods https://t.co/BMsytgH7OV pic.twitter.com/WWhWePh5eV— Dr Mike Sutton (@Criminotweet) March 11, 2017
++@LessCrime @Rock_and_Droll @PoliceNAWG Handlers/fences are brokers not markets. #SNA may help you - temporarily. If broker is unique or— AJ (@OkkiPepernoot) March 11, 2017
++@OkkiPepernoot see, for example, this study for the UK Home Office by @Criminotweet https://t.co/BATjQbSjIr @Rock_and_Droll @PoliceNAWG— Matt Ashby (@LessCrime) March 11, 2017
++Please be careful @LessCrime @Rock_and_Droll @PoliceNAWG @OkkiPepernoot 1 study of 2 experiments found police never implemented it correctly— Dr Mike Sutton (@Criminotweet) March 11, 2017
++@OkkiPepernoot @LessCrime @Rock_and_Droll @PoliceNAWG And to be even-handed perhaps the MRA really is too difficult to implement as proposed— Dr Mike Sutton (@Criminotweet) March 11, 2017
++@Rock_and_Droll @PoliceNAWG @OkkiPepernoot @LessCrime Yes I assessed the evidence for The US COPS Office in 2010: https://t.co/BMsytgH7OV— Dr Mike Sutton (@Criminotweet) March 11, 2017
++Please be careful @LessCrime @OkkiPepernoot @Rock_and_Droll @PoliceNAWG No not just handers at all. Thieves as well. And innocent consumers.— Dr Mike Sutton (@Criminotweet) March 11, 2017
++Be accurate Matt @LessCrime @Rock_and_Droll @PoliceNAWG @OkkiPepernoot concept based on national crime survey data &100+ in depth interviews— Dr Mike Sutton (@Criminotweet) March 11, 2017
.@LessCrime @OkkiPepernoot @Rock_and_Droll @PoliceNAWG And two others that followed 😎— Dr Mike Sutton (@Criminotweet) March 11, 2017
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TO AVOID THE CREATION OF NEW FALLACIES AND MYTHS, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR SCHOLARS TO BE CAREFUL, BE PRECISE AND TO GET THE FACTS RIGHT AND TO BE EVEN-HANDED WHEN DISSEMINATING COMMENTS AND REVIEWS ABOUT THE ORIGINAL ACADEMIC WORK AND ORIGINAL CONCEPTIONS OF OTHERS AND ANY EVALUATIONS OF IT.
My Oxford University Press Bibliography on Fencing and Stolen Goods is in-press and will be published very shortly in 2017.
Meanwhile, here is a list of just a small sample of my theoretical and evidence-led work that has been published on the Market Reduction Approach the theft.
1. British Journal of Criminology: SUPPLY BY THEFT: Does the Market for Second-hand Goods Play a Role in Keeping Crime Figures High? Click Here
2. Home Office Research Study: Handling Stolen Goods and Theft: A Market Reduction Approach: Click Here - based on questions I designed and analysed for the nationally representative British Crime Survey and in-depth semi-structured qualitative interviews with known prolific thieves, consumers and various types of fence.
3. Home Office Policing and Reducing Crime Unit Report: Tackling Theft With the Market Reduction Approach: Click Here - Based in large part on knowledge gained from then on-going evaluation of implementation of MRA Operation Radium in Kent
4. Problem oriented Policing US Department of Justice COPS Office Guide to Talking Stolen Goods Markets: Click Here - Overview of publications and reports on many initiatives to tackle theft by tackling stolen goods market in UK and USA.
5, HANDLING STOLEN GOODS: FINDINGS FROM THE 2003 OFFENDING CRIME
AND JUSTICE SURVEY Mike Sutton, Sarah Hodgkinson and Mike Levi Click Here
6. How Prolific Thieves Sell Stolen Goods Click Here
Effective crime reduction important. Reducing myths & fallacies about crime reduction is importantly related to it https://t.co/jVkaJpdY48 pic.twitter.com/4FScT3Hia5— Supermythbuster (@supermyths) March 12, 2017
Read my IJC blog post on exactly why veracity is important for sound scholarship and how to deal with those who can't seem to understand why. HERE
Saturday, 4 March 2017
Veracity is just as important in criminology as it is in other academic and policy oriented areasThe Pure Fact-Led Truth:It will always out in the end. Nullius is currently ranked 20 on https://t.co/iGl1uro5GB https://t.co/jkKbs5dEZ7 pic.twitter.com/HRR2gD22Vl— Dr Mike Sutton (@Criminotweet) March 4, 2017
I explain why in a very well cited article. First read about why I wrote it here