Hello Pat,

Welcome to the Phoenix forums! You wrote among other things:

Quote Originally Posted by Pat View Post
But I think it is important for everyone to keep the over-all scientific method in mind before commenting on whether a study is valid or not. Not replicating the exact test protocol is a definite way to dismiss a follow-up study. That's about as far as I would go to dismiss work done in other labs.

Quite so, though you can't seriously blame seriously ill people to comment on socalled "scientific" studies that aren't really scientific and without having a degree in philosophy of science.

And I - who did study philosophy of science - made the same point in my take on a recent piece by Wessely and McClure in the BMJ. Here is the link to it on my site:

Title: ME: On the postmodern falsifications in Wessely & McClures BMJ-editorial
Link: http://www.maartensz.org/log/2010/NL100309a.htm

Health-warning in case you have serious ME: It is 69 Kb of html.

Regards,

Maarten.