[Irtalk] Problems with scientific research: How science goes wrong | The Economist
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Mon Dec 30 23:02:58 SAST 2013
A SIMPLE idea underpins science: “trust, but verify”. Results should always
be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea has
generated a vast body of knowledge. Since its birth in the 17th century,
modern science has changed the world beyond recognition, and overwhelmingly
for the better.
But success can breed complacency. Modern scientists are doing too much
trusting and not enough verifying—to the detriment of the whole of science,
and of humanity.
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