18 JAN 2013 by ideonexus

 Why Do Journals Get It Wrong?

Why do studies end up with wrong findings? In fact, there are so many distorting forces baked into the process of testing the accuracy of a medical theory, that it’s harder to explain how researchers manage to produce valid findings, aside from sheer luck. To cite just a few of these problems: Mismeasurement To test the safety and efficacy of a drug, for example, what researchers really want to know is how thousands of people will fare long-term when taking the drug. But it would be unet...
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Why do journals publish so many papers with wrong results (2/3rds wrong by some estimates)?

08 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 Science is an Equal-Opportunity Critic

Again, the reason science works so well is partly that built-in error-correcting machinery. There are no forbidden questions in science, no matters too sensitive or delicate to be probed, no sacred truths. That openness to new ideas, combined with the most rigorous, sceptical scrutiny of all ideas, sifts the wheat from the chaff. It makes no difference how smart, august or beloved you are. You must prove your case in the face of determined, expert criticism. Diversity and debate are valued. O...
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Science's error-correcting mechanisms hit everyone equally, but all ideas are welcome for scrutiny.