Author: Nate Breznau

Meta-reproducibility crisis: Software edition

Its not just a ‘replication crisis‘, its a reproducibility crisis. Forget about falsification if one can’t even reproduce the workflow of another. Efforts are underway to improve transparency which allows reproduction, good. But what if even with the original data, researchers cannot reproduce numerical results simply because of where they…

Teaching to empower students as public, open and citizen scientists

Students pursuing a bachelor or master degree develop both labor market skills for a information and computer-based career, and learn to do science. Not all go on to be scientists. It would seem that those that do not, have no impact on scientific knowledge. They took tests and wrote papers…

Teaching to empower students as public, open and citizen scientists

In this blog post, Nate Breznau discusses his experience teaching courses to empower students by assigning them tasks of shaping public knowledge instead of traditional term papers. The student projects to impact public knowledge and/or open science are presented.

Teaching to empower students as public, open and citizen scientists

In this blog post, Nate Breznau discusses his experience teaching courses to empower students by assigning them tasks of shaping public knowledge instead of traditional term papers. The student projects to impact public knowledge and/or open science are presented.

Public opinion, pandemic infection and policymaking: The COVID-19 story of liberty and death

This blog originally appeared in the COVID-19 Blog of the Collaborative Research Center “The Global Dynamics of Social Policy” at the University of Bremen. The WHO declared a Global Pandemic on Jan 30th, 2020, based on overwhelming evidence that the highly infectious Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the deadly COVID-19 disease…

Meta-constructing social theory

Certain hypotheses are constantly tested in social science. The impact of income inequality on health, racial bias on police brutality and public opinion on elections, just to name a few. At some point more tests of the same hypothesis stop contributing to scientific knowledge, and may even harm it by…

P-hacking. Religion and science aren’t that different

Science and religion parted ways long ago. This is a historical struggle over power. If science claims to disprove that the earth is the center of the universe or that evolution undermines creation, it might falsify religious doctrine, said to be the word of a God or Gods and thus…

Novel coronavirus pandemic and the limits of open science

On January 30th, 2019, the WHO declared a global health emergency based on scientific evidence of a rapidly spreading coronavirus from the SARS family (Covid-19). The evidence the WHO used to declare this emergency came almost entirely from Chinese data. The Chinese data demonstrated an alarming spread rate in January,…

Behind the Curve

{I was asked to write something for the American Sociological Association‘s (ASA) ‘Inequality, Poverty and Mobility’ Section Newsletter; I reprint it here with a kudos to this section for supporting open science despite the ASA’s general closed mindedness on the subject} Analytical errors are a normal part of social science,…
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