How Scientists Fool Themselves


Source: Nature

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  1. nanka commented on Oct 14

    Thesis Anti-thesis Synthesis

  2. DeDude commented on Oct 14

    First get yourself an endowed Chair and tenure – then follow the chart.

  3. postpartisandepression commented on Oct 15

    Sadly university scientists are like small businesses and they are competing for that small pot of NIH funds (10% or less of research is actually funded) so the splashier and more dramatic your results the better chance you have. In fact that is the only chance you have- the window for success is very short about 5-7 years. This encourages fraud or looking the other way. It is like the CEO that needs to make his money in the short run with no view to the long term health of a business. After that initial success you have to keep it coming until you find a sugar daddy that will bank roll you. Science and business have become the same over that last 30 years – the guy may have no substance but he is a great salesman. A few get caught but not enough to fix the system.

    In a country this big and rich it should be a no brainer to take 3-5% or so of your GDP and invest them in scientific exploration. It is a joke to think that the great discoveries come from competition amongst scientists or that business will fund this. The long term health of our economy would be ensured if we did this. The NIH system of allocating funds to labs is not perfect but the funding levels need to be 30 -50% of grants submitted and not the current 10% or less.

  4. couragesd commented on Oct 16

    can we talk to about their addiction to p-value or whatever model they learned in grad school as the ONLY right way to test a hypothesis. I hate dealing with PhDs.

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