In a previous episode, we discussed whether and when you should draw inferences about a person based on their scientific work. Today we turn the question around: When should you judge a piece of scientific work based on what you know about the person who did it? We talk about the implications of masking authors’ identities from reviewers and editors, about judging the “pedigree” of what lab someone was trained in, and the tricky but sometimes important distinctions between fairness, validity, and bias. Also: This week’s letter is about what to do when your findings fail to replicate. 

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The Black Goat is hosted by Sanjay Srivastava, Alexa Tullett, and Simine Vazire. Find us on the web at www.theblackgoatpodcast.com, on Twitter at @blackgoatpod, or on Facebook at facebook.com/blackgoatpod/. You can email us at letters@theblackgoatpodcast.com. You can subscribe to us on iTunes.

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This is episode 23. It was recorded December 2, 2017.