There are a lot of scientific studies on the cat. They have influence on the public and particularly politicians, our lawmakers. They are often referred to in newspapers. I don’t believe they can automatically be trusted. They don’t necessarily provide valuable insights into the domestic, stray, feral and wild cats. They can mislead. For a start there are biased scientists. They distort their findings. This goes against the whole purpose of scientific research which is to objectively find new information. Scientific research should be precise, clever, novel and totally unbiased. Sadly, it is not always like that based upon an analysis of 120 scientific papers on cancer research. I know that cancer research is a million miles from cat studies but identical principles are involved.
Scientists in Norway discovered that one in four (25%) scientific papers published in cancer journals in 2013 contained copied material. This could lead to the dissemination of incorrect information.
Morten Oksvold of Oslo University Hospital said that the findings suggested that scientists faced problems with a…
“lack of credibility in scientific publications” that might not be limited to cancer research…If no action is taken, it seems clear that over time the public confidence in science and research could entirely erode away.”
The findings indicated that about half of the defective research papers (about 12% overall) had presented data from one experiment as though it belonged to another, while some of the authors appeared to have copied data from other journals.
“These duplications are particularly problematic since they seem to be falsifications”.
Stephen Evans, a professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said he was worried that the degree of deception by scientists was much higher than had been previously acknowledged by scientists.
As I stated in the opening paragraph, there are many studies on the cat. We know that some are biased. We don’t know whether any others are. We should be cautious about accepting them as fact. Often scientific papers are about the impact of the domestic and feral cat on native species. In light of the high level of fraudulent behavior by scientists in respect of cancer papers we should question the findings of any research into cat predation or on any other subject. I am not saying that scientific papers about cats should be ignored. They should simply be questioned.
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