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Help me understand article quality

  1. Mar 7, 2016 #1
    So every time I do some research on the internet I run in to major problems... like some freaky stuff, and this isnt QM freaky... its just freaky.
    Anyway while roaming google as ome does I come across a scientific article that is so well writted it had me convinced, it even had another article by another scientist as a refutation. The article Basicly said that a test was conducted involving a bunch of meditators and that they managed to alter the course of an electron during a double slit experiment. I know its bull but the article looked so bloody legit i just couldnt ignore. So i need someone here to convince me its BS before I lose my mind lol. Can there really be this much lies on the net
     
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  3. Mar 7, 2016 #2

    ZapperZ

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    Yes.

    I've been on the 'net since 1989 (is that before you were born?). You ain't seen nothin' yet!

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  4. Mar 7, 2016 #3
    Yes. There are also lies in real life. And the internet is made by real people.

    Like this: :oldlaugh: Source: If Google was a guy
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    And this: Source: If Google was a Guy
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  5. Mar 7, 2016 #4
    The most important factor should be the author. is he/she a physicist? What's their background? Do they profit from writing an article like that? I find that answering these questions is more easy and effective than trying to evaluate quality of each and every statement in the article. Mostly I apply this strategy to evaluate articles about social science, philosophy and politics, but I think it can be applied to any field as a form of general estimation if it is worth to pay more attention to the topic.
     
  6. Mar 7, 2016 #5
    Why do you need convincing that it is rubbish? Why would you lose your mind over it? I sense something deeper is going on.
     
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  7. Mar 7, 2016 #6
    Na there is nothing deeper, I was just over exaggerating to present a point. The article I am using as an example was very well written, it had everything you would have in a legitimate journal article, it was published in a journal and had like 400 references. Not to mention the second article that tried to refute the first one.

    With all that said how do I know now that any article I find online is the real deal... any article can look real and any one of them can have a million references that are real. If it wasn't for the fact that the example I gave talked about meditating people using mind control to move an electron and it rather discussed something more valid but a lie none the less I might have believed it.

    There is a mad motive to lie when it comes to publishing journal articles... there is the money, pushing a certain idea you want people to believe, perhaps for fame etc...
     
  8. Mar 7, 2016 #7

    jtbell

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  9. Mar 7, 2016 #8

    berkeman

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    You could start with the standards that we use here at the PF for qualifying references (see the Rules thread under INFO at the top of the page)...
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  10. Mar 7, 2016 #9
    @jtbell and @berkeman
    I did what you guys said, the journal didn't even come up in the thomsonreuters site... therefore I suspect the article is a load of BS

    here is a link to the article if you want to see the bs I was talking about
    << Crackpot link deleted by Mentor >>

    Can something like the above even be scientifically possible...

    While looking for that very article I found another forum listing more conspiracy articles lol.
    << Crackpot link deleted by Mentor >>
     
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  11. Mar 7, 2016 #10
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  12. Mar 7, 2016 #11

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    As we just discussed, posting crackpot links is not allowed at the PF. The links have been deleted, and this thread is done.
     
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