Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Good Question !

If zombie science is not scientifically-usable - what is its function?

Medical Hypotheses, Volume 71, Issue 3, Pages 327-329 (September 2008)

Greenie Watch for St. Patrick's day picked up on a piece from Academic Journal that is actually about medical research being abused for gain on the part of researchers who seek nothing other than continued funding. It also provides an answer:

In a nutshell, zombie science is supported because it is useful propaganda to be deployed in arenas such as political rhetoric, public administration, management, public relations, marketing and the mass media generally. It persuades, it constructs taboos, it buttresses some kind of rhetorical attempt to shape mass opinion. Indeed, zombie science often comes across in the mass media as being more plausible than real science; and it is precisely the superficial face-plausibility which is the sole and sufficient purpose of zombie science.



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Blogger commoncents said...

Nice post - keep us informed of this!


3/18/2009 5:34 p.m.  
Blogger OMMAG said...

Well thanks .... but all it takes is a little time spent reading.

Greenie Watch is gets the credit.

3/18/2009 8:32 p.m.  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

Zombie science...it is everywhere ..:)

3/20/2009 6:00 p.m.  

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