Originally Posted by Mike ODonnell
Pierre did write something stupid....peer reviewed again.
True peer review requires that you have a spectrum of opinions. As in..I say. Steve was simplistic, Pierre's was just wrong and Mike piled on. Now that, is peer review.
Actually, peer review is a good deal more than mob rule. Peer review does not mean something is right but it adds a huge measure of credibility in that someone put their hat into the ring, published their assumptions and let their community of experts rip them apart.
"the process of peer review is considered critical to establishing a reliable body of research and knowledge. Scholars reading the published articles can only be expert in a limited area; they rely to some degree on the peer-review process to provide reliable and credible research that they can build upon for subsequent or related research."
I look at peer review as a benchmark like competition.
You may say you can squat 500 in your basement. That's cool. If you do it on a platform with white lights all around that's cooler. The 500 pounds didn't change, your willingness to put it out there did.