Friday, February 24, 2017
The core of scientific understanding is the ability to reproduce an experiment. If it can be done again and arrive at the same result, then the hypothesis is correct. The problem with modern science is that many reproduced experiments aren't coming up with the same results. In fact, two-thirds fail. This lack of transparency is a body blow for who can believe a person whose work cannot be validated? Yet, tens of thousands of studies pour out of labs annually, most of which are never checked. Science could be building a body of lies that will hamper its usefulness and misdirect research. That would harm society fundamentally. A question to ask is why this is happening? One answer is the pressure to get funding. One is forced to show significant results in order to get money for further research. Scientists are human and subject to the same failings as everyone else.