Wednesday, February 04, 2009

None Dare Call It Science

The anti-war fringe has been pushing the Lancet medical study claiming that 600,000+ Iraqis have died as a result of the war (and that was several years ago). I have argued against it on a couple of occasions, and Slate did a particularly good column on it. Now there is even more reason to doubt their conclusions.

Gilbert Burnham said in the Lancet medical journal in 2006 that 650,000 civilians had died since 2003 - a figure far higher than other estimates.

A polling association in the US said Dr Burnham had refused to supply "basic facts" for its inquiry into his work.

It did not comment on the accuracy of his conclusion.

The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)began investigating Dr Burnham's work .

Reproducibility is of course one of the key parts of the scientific method. They should be begging for people to review their work, not blocking them.

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