Monday, November 14, 2011

Stapel Diet

NOT  a good day at Fairfax World Headquarters.

First, Peter Roebuck tosses himself off for the last time. And now one of the paper’s trusted sources, psychologist Diederik A. Stapel, has been revealed as a statistics fiddler and serial academic fraud. The formerly revered and much-quoted Dutch psychologist demonstrated an uncanny knack for research that always seemed to confirm the things newspapers like the Silly prefer to believe. You know, business leaders are sleazoids and the always popular assertion that a little Klansman lives inside every nice, white heart.

Expect a couple of corrections any day now.


  1. It seems that the psychologist was reluctant to make his raw data available, I recall that this is the norm in 'Climate Change' research. One researcher Phil Jones stated "Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it."
    There is something rotten in science today.

  2. This roebuck story is a joke. Apart from a link provided by Bolt, little mention of the fact that he was actually a convicted criminal. Apparently he ad whipped black boys with wooded paddles. He was referred to as a disciplinarian. Now they tell us. The facts of this story are murky..Imagine if he was conservative!

  3. It seems that the gordonian sprit lingers on down at the 'bong.

    I don't expect a couple of corrections any day now.

  4. Anonymous, Roebuck and his peculiarities are the chief topic of conversation on Tim Blair's blog today. Check it out.

  5. Re Diederik A. Stapel, and academic research:

    Despite this scandal following close upon the footprints of Climategate, the Scientist "priests and prophets" will still insist that we must accept without question their inviolable dogma of "peer review".

  6. Hoy you Bunyip,

    are you trying to tell me that a professional mate of that Australian Professorial Fellow, Stephan Lewandowsky, is a bullshit artist.....

  7. Roebuck’s impromptu impression of Matthew Mitcham from the sixth floor of the Cape Town hotel has been found to be a tragic mistake.
    With all the verbosity and over-blown pomposity that is the trademark of cricket writers like Roebuck, My Coward and Giddyup Haigh it is explained thus …..
    “In a injudicious endeavour to vacate his interim domicile with a view to bringing his tete-a-tete with the constabulary to a precipitous finale, Mr Roebuck selected a less than appropriate aperture (to wit the porthole). It may have been more prudent to effect his egress from his erstwhile abode deploying the more orthodox exodus utilising the portal bearing le numéro de chamber.