James Lumsden on criticism

It is the duty of a scientist to criticize his own work and that of his colleagues; it is his responsibility to develop critical skill. Strangely there is little published material which can help to develop this skill. There are of course, many books on research design, research methods, statistics and the like and these sometimes make gestures like “features of a good research design” or “common faults”. But this kind of formalism is not enough and bears no resemblance to the procedures and comments of a good critic in action. (p. 186)

Lumsden, J. (1973). On criticism. Australian Psychologist, 8, 186-192.

Voir aussi Alain (1956), Michell (2004), Rozeboom (1984).

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