The recent FTC action against the head of an academic journal highlights a problem in science. In this case climate science. For example, as the author points out, there is the large and growing literature about the misuse of statistics. And that is just scratching the surface. Doing science requires a high level of honor and the ability to objectively prove someone is wrong and for the party found to be wrong to admit it as such. That is a trait science and the Western world in general may no longer have resulting from the marriage of science and politics.
The replication crisis in science has just begun. It will be big.
By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website.
Summary: After a decade of slow growth beneath public view, the replication crisis in science begins breaking into public view. First psychology and biomedical studies, now spreading to many other fields — overturning what we were told is settled science, the foundations of our personal behavior and public policy. Here is an introduction to the conflict (there is pushback), with the usual links to detailed information at the end, and some tentative conclusions about effects on public’s trust of science. It’s early days yet, with the real action yet to begin.
“Men only care for science so far as they get a living by it, and that they worship even error when it affords them a subsistence.”
— Goethe, from Conversations of Goethe with Eckermann and Soret.
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