How Failure Is Moving Science Forward

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Psychology, biomedicine and numerous other fields of science have fallen into a crisis of confidence recently, after seminal findings could not be replicated in subsequent studies. These widespread problems with reproducibility underscore a problem that I discussed here last year — namely, that science is really, really hard. Even relatively straightforward questions cannot be definitively answered in a single study, and the scientific literature is riddled with results that won’t stand up. This is the way science works — it’s a process of becoming less wrong over time.

How Failure is Moving Science Forward, by Christie Aschwanden, FiveThirtyEight. Includes some good insight on why thin results get heavy attention.


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