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Explore - A Systematic Review of The Evidence Base for the Lightning Process - 2020 - by Phil Parker et al

Discussion in 'PsychoSocial ME/CFS Research' started by Kalliope, Aug 14, 2020.

  1. NelliePledge

    NelliePledge Moderator Staff Member

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    I have something in the back of my mind telling me Jackie Aston is Parker’s wife. Possibly from the Advertising Standards complaint.
     
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    I was surprised by that as well.
     
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    dave30th Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    i think Brian Hughes wrote something along those lines in a blog post
     
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    YES, Brian Hughes was the one who said it. Thank you, David. So much easier to find once the name is right.

    It was in "My letter to the BMJ on its "ambiguous editorial commitment to scientific rigour"

    If the ‘Lightning Process’ is in fact shown to work, we will need to re-write our physiology and neurology textbooks.
     
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    And possibly the physics and chemistry textbooks as well. Conversion disorder doesn't have spooky action at a distance but it does make claims on the same level as telekinesis and remote sensing in terms of defying all physical laws.

    One of those "big if true" that is entirely unironic and technically true. Right along with if the universe is a giant marshmallow, unicorns must be real. If. Big if energy.
     
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    The Science Bit - Two takes on the expensive, unproven, and childishly-named quackery known as the Lightning Process by professor Brian Hughes

    Article refers to Tuller's "The Lightning Process Strikes again" and Nina E. Steinkopf's recent article on an application for ethical approval of a planned LP-study in Norway as well as the paper discussed in this thread.

    I have read the paper in question. Its findings are, shall we say, pretty weak.

    The title says it is a “systematic review.” However, the paper does not contain a statistical synthesis of findings drawn from separate studies, as a formal “systematic review” actually should. Instead, it consists of a set of paragraphs describing ten surveys and four “non-survey” statistical studies of LP.

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    This so-called “systematic review” is surely one of the most atrocious academic papers that I have ever had the misfortune to read. It isn’t even a “systematic review”. Rather, it is a self-serving pseudostatistical jargon-filled waffle-fest, utterly untroubled by even the tiniest smidgen of scholarly objectivity. It is, in fact, deeply depressing.
     
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    Great stuff by @Brian Hughes love you brought Father Ted into your blog :thumbup:
     
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