The truth wears off. Excellent article in the New Yorker.

Here is an excellent article in the New Yorker on why science is subject to the same fallacies as is common to man. An excerpt:

The problem of selective reporting is rooted in a fundamental cognitive flaw, which is that we like proving ourselves right and hate being wrong. “It feels good to validate a hypothesis,” Ioannidis said. “It feels even better when you’ve got a financial interest in the idea or your career depends upon it. And that’s why, even after a claim has been systematically disproven”—he cites, for instance, the early work on hormone replacement therapy, or claims involving various vitamins—“you still see some stubborn researchers citing the first few studies that show a strong effect. They really want to believe that it’s true.”

Read more:
When politics trumps what the scientists find
You get what you pay for – more of the same kind.
The peer review process
Abounds with sheer excess.
Who paid for it anyhow? – Ah, never mind.


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