Smokescreen: 'Passive Smoking' and Public Policy


| John Luik

Bad science is incompetent science, science that has unconsciously failed to do its work properly in some essential sense. Corrupt science, on the other hand, is bogus science, science that knows that its data misrepresent reality and its processes are deviant, but nonetheless attempts to pass itself off as genuine science.

There are two major sorts of problems within the NHMRC Report that suggest the label incompetent or corrupt science: (A) problems about the evidence and its use and (B) problems about the logic of drawing conclusions from what evidence there is.

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