The following is a step-by-step guide to understanding scientific papers published in the blog :”Violent Methaphors”. I hope that you take the time to read this paper especially if you do not have experience reading this type of articles. Part of the issue that will be of interest to decision makers and regulators in developing countries while examining this type of evidence for biotechnology and especially with regard to GMOs, will be the ability to judge the quality of a specific paper and of a collection of papers, which constitute evidence responding and in some cases supporting research questions, hypotheses and interpretation. Cheers to the blogger for a quiet neat document!!!

Violent metaphors

Update (8/30/14): I’ve written a shorter version of this guide for teachers to hand out to their classes. If you’d like a PDF, shoot me an email: jenniferraff (at) utexas (dot) edu.

Last week’s post (The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google) sparked a very lively discussion, with comments from several people trying to persuade me (and the other readers) that their paper disproved everything that I’d been saying. While I encourage you to go read the comments and contribute your own, here I want to focus on the much larger issue that this debate raised: what constitutes scientific authority?

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