Peer review was the most respected form of acceptance in the scientific community. In some cases this seems to have deteriorated to sycophant review. It no longer is a reliable pilar of quality. But we have something new: Public review!
I borrow here from a concept depicted by one of my favorite science fiction authors: We are a selforganising growing network of distributed intelligence. Sure, most of us don’t have the scientific background for indepth analysis. But even a layman can verify specific errors pointed out and explained by someone more knowledgeable. So we tend to “flock” to people who have already shown their competence. And we tend to dismiss sources that have repeatedly proven irrelevant or incompetent. We share what we deem interesting and ad our comments. It’s a dynamic process. Connections are rewired constantly. And it’s usually bidirectional. Not just a single authority dispersing wisdom, at most accepting feedback from a selected circle. Here the interaction and reactions are part of the process. No dedicated central organisation.
Single brilliant individuals might miss an error. But with hundreds of average people, chances are, one will notice. That’s new. That’s not how it used to be. Let go of desperate conspiracy theories. Skip that “astroturf” nonsense. There may be a few people who really are paid just to spread propaganda. So what? If they really have some relevant point it will be picked up and promoted. But usually it’s just irrelevant static. Properly ignored. At most short lived and soon forgotten. It’s a social and scientific (r)evolution. Embrace it and prosper.
That is the idea behind this blog. I want to throw some thoughts into the net and hope there is something that get’s picked up and refined. Or just promoted by my “peers” as something to think about. Feedback is welcome of course.
Since it would be better to fix the problems before they become a wasteful burden, try Public Preview
There already exists a site: https://pubpeer.com/
Oh, and a little side note to the ANTZ: I’ve read that some of you have noticed the many positive youtube videos about vaping. But you obviously didn’t care to listen. Instead you plan on astroturfing propaganda videos. — Save the money. You may even get clicks. But only the way especially stupid stunts get them. Just like the professionally made ads from PigTobacco might get clicks for their artistic value, not for their dismissible content.