Author: Nate Breznau

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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