Sylvain Mareschal, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics postdoc
June 3, 2016 at 22:44
Diseased Science
A few conditions that any scientist have experienced at least once in its life...

Amnesia Originosa. An inability to recall the actual origin of an idea that one now regards as one’s own. Afflicted individuals are able to present other’s ideas as their own without guilt or attribution to the original source.

Borderline Probability Disorder. Afflicted individuals may dismiss the potential importance of results with P = 0.06 while unquestioningly accepting the importance of results with P = 0.05. See also significosis.

Hypothesosis. Characterized by an inability to recognize that not all research requires a hypothesis.

Polyauthoritis. An emerging disease involving manuscripts in which the number of authors exceeds the number of data points.

Retention Deficit Disorder. The inability to recall anything from the lecture you just heard or the article you just read.

Significosis. Manifested by a failure to discern between biological and statistical significance (6). Individuals with significosis fail to realize that just because something is unlikely to have occurred by chance doesn’t mean it’s important (17). See also Borderline Probability Disorder.

Casadevall and Fang, Microbe Magazine 2014