Lies, damned lies, statistics and criminology

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Differences in sentencing in similar cases? This Long TEXT was the second non-peer review of the (now defunct) Dutch website ‘Emperors & Clothes’ (Keizers & Kleren). I discussed the article Differences in sentencing in similar cases that appeared in episode 2012-11 of the Dutch Legal Journal (‘Nederlands Juristenblad’ (NJB)). In publishing this English translation, I… Continue reading Lies, damned lies, statistics and criminology

Why exactly no placebo punishments?

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In 2009, the Journal of Criminology [A Dutch journal, ‘Tijdschrift voor Criminologie, hence: ‘TVC’ further on] published the article “Recidivism after community service and after prison sentences”. The authors claimed to have demonstrated that offenders reoffend less after community service than after a prison sentence. At the beginning of 2011, the study was the subject… Continue reading Why exactly no placebo punishments?

Peer-reviewing and the prestige of science: A plea for non-peer reviewing

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In Dutch this text is available at the Academia account of Frans Groenendijk too (see link in footer). It was first published in 2012 at Keizers en Kleren (Emperors and clothes), a website about science that does not exist anymore. So yes: the article is older than the previous one in this category TEXT: Real… Continue reading Peer-reviewing and the prestige of science: A plea for non-peer reviewing

Real science and climate science

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The possibilities and limitations of science have occupied me for a very long time. 44 years ago I wrote a paper for the course science theory, for which I received high grades. The main reason for this was undoubtedly that I had partly based it on the book Personal Knowledge by the genius, but not… Continue reading Real science and climate science