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Science in Crisis: It’s Worse Than You Think

Friday, November 25, 2016 13:59
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November 26th, 2016

By James Corbett

Guest writer for Wake Up World

You may have heard of “the crisis of science” recently. That there is something massively wrong with the way science is being conducted these days is not a fringe anti-science idea anymore. It’s being discussed in mainstream publications like The Washington PostThe Economist and The Times Higher Education Supplement, and even mainstream science publications like Scientific AmericanNature and phys.org.

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So what is the problem? And how bad is it, really? And what does it mean for an increasingly tech-dependent society that something is rotten in the state of science?

Let’s take a look at the problems facing modern science, and what is at the root of it all.

Irreproducibility

Reproducibility is one of the bedrocks of the scientific method. In a nutshell, an experiment is reproducible if independent researchers can run the same experiment and get the same results at a later time and date. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why this is important. If an experiment is truly revealing some fundamental truth about the world then that experiment should yield the same results under the same conditions, anywhere and any time (all other things being equal).

Well, not all things are equal.

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  • It can’t possible be worse than I think. “Science” in modern society is such a politicized scam, Socrates would be ashamed. Aristotle would be proud though.

    • I wonder where the gentle giant, Plato would stand. Somewhere in the middle?

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