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  1. #1 Hierarchy of Evidence? 
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    Just wondering if it might be helpful to have a hierarchy of evidence for the forum. I've seen wikipedia referred to a few times as if it's a definitive source of knowledge - i don't doubt the resource has a value, especially for more esablished theories, but it has limits. This may help in disputes where people assert their evidence is better than another's.

    Not sure exactly what form this would take given the broad dicsipline of sciences represented here; in medicine it follows something like: meta-analysis > multicentre randomised controlled trial (RCT) > single centre RCT > cohort studies > case-control > expert opinion. I'd imagine wikipedia being very near the bottom.


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    Truly, I don't recall anyone using wikipedia as definitive source for their view in an intense debate. It is often used to point neophytes to introductory material on a topic. I often use it this way and as a neophyte myself often use it as a starting point for further reading since the references are often valuable.


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    Wikipedia articles can be written literally by anybody. Some of them are excellent, others are crap. Most of the major articles about science topics are reviewed and edited by knowledgeable people, and are pretty good.

    Articles about controversial topics often undergo editing wars. For these topics, it can be more informative to read the discussion page than the article itself.
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    0. whatever I say.
    1. formulation of hypothesis and experiment
    2. peer reviewed scientific publications.
    3. secondary sources, such as encyclopedias, books etc.
    4. Whatever you say.
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