Month: October 2014

October 28, 2014 Federica Russo

Randomized controlled trials (or RCTs, for short) are, according to the paradigm initiated by evidence based medicine (or EBM, for short), the most accredited tool to establish whether drugs or treatments are effective, and to what extent. Surely, this is not stated in such explicit term, but it is quite easy to infer looking at…

October 24, 2014 Brendan Clarke

I’m currently working on a paper that I’m presenting at the Philosophy of Science Association biennial meeting in Chicago next month. While I’m making slow progress on the paper, I’ve discovered a couple of examples of practical reasoning about evidence that you might find interesting. The paper itself deals with a (pretty hoary) philosophical problem…

October 22, 2014 Michael Wilde

A workshop is being planned for the 8–9 January 2015 titled “EBM+: Evidence of mechanisms in evidence-based medicine.” It will take place at the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent, here: Woolf SR5. More details to follow. Please contact Michael Wilde (mw379@kent.ac.uk) if you would like to give a talk at this event, or…

October 7, 2014 Jon Williamson

Systems Medicine is a promising new paradigm, but it poses some tough challenges for those concerned with causal inference. I’ll mention a few epistemological challenges here and then will give some thoughts about how they might be solved in a future post.

October 5, 2014 Michael Wilde

The Reasoner is a monthly digest highlighting exciting new research on reasoning, inference and method broadly construed. It is interdisciplinary, covering research in, e.g., philosophy, logic, AI, statistics, cognitive science, law, psychology, mathematics and the sciences. In this month’s issue you can find a piece introducing EBM+ written by yours truly. In addition, future issues…