Science Fiction: The Crisis in Research

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Matt Ridley The vast majority of scientists are honest, but recent years have seen many cases of scientific misconduct come to the scientific misconduct come to the surface, implying there is a systemic problem. The financial and reputational rewards that come with headline- generating results make research fraud all too tempting. High–profile papers on stem […]

D. Y. O. R.! Do Your Own Research!

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Mike Stone As I have continued to see this ridiculous “don’t do your own research” slogan pop up many times throughout the last few years, I wanted to highlight excerpts from a few of these sources in order to stress the utter insanity in this line of thinking and attack. Reading from these pieces is […]

Why Most Published Research Finds Are False

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John P. A. Ioannidis There is increasing concern that most current published research findings are false. The probability that a research claim is true may depend on study power and bias, the number of other studies on the same question, and, importantly, the ratio of true to no relationships among the relationships probed in each […]