Podcast: How to be Taken Seriously by Scientists

For those non-scientists trying to get their original ideas accepted by the scientific community, you’ve got to have thick skin. It might seem like there’s a vast conspiracy, or a general attitude that drives away original, but unorthodox ideas. But that’s not true, the reality is that great ideas in science come from everywhere, even amateurs. In this episode we’ll help you understand what scientists will be looking for, and the best ways to be taken seriously.

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5 Replies to “Podcast: How to be Taken Seriously by Scientists”

  1. Actually, the EVIDENCE shows that scientists are biased against new ideas, and outsiders. See the papers:

    * Publication Prejudices: An Experimental Study of Confirmatory Bias in the Peer Review System (1997)
    * Trial by peers comes up short (2003)
    * Rejecting Nobel class papers (2003)
    * Suppression Stories (1997)
    * British scientists exclude ‘maverick’ colleagues, says report (2004)
    * Peer review is stifling for scientists on fringe (2002)
    * Challenging dominant physics paradigms (2004)
    * Publications on whistleblowing and suppression of dissent by Dr Brian Martin

    Links can be found in my post on BAUT here:

  2. I agree,

    the problem with education is simple.
    Indoctrination is powerfull.
    No-one is excluded.

  3. @iantresman: it’s interesting that your link takes one to a post, by you, which says this (the list of links omitted):

    Most reject papers, whether mainstream or not, are probably for the “proper” reasons. But some non-mainstream papers are not.


    I’m not suggesting a conspiracy, only that peers are human, and sometime get it wrong.

    Ian Tresman

    Compiling a list like this seems to leave you open to questions concerning confirmation bias, doesn’t it?

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