Cargo Cult Science

Cargo Cult Science in action.  Watch it work for children’s car seats.

Freakonomics author find that the seats don’t save lives.  New York Times does a review.  Researcher confirms the conclusions (and NYT doesn’t publish his letter).  Publisher of disproved report writes a letter to the NYT re-asserting their claims and NYT publishes the letter.

Of further interest: The highway commission evidently refused to publish a report that showed (no matter how they twisted the data) that children’s car seats in the 70s were worse than just using a safety belt.

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