Report: NAS Launches New Report: “The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science”:
Today is the launch of NAS’s newest report by David Randall and Christopher Welser. The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science: Causes, Consequences, and the Road to Reform examines the different aspects of the reproducibility crisis of modern science. Our goal is to bring the reproducibility crisis to the forefront of public awareness and to call on policymakers to take effective steps to address it. We also include a series of policy recommendations, scientific and political, for alleviating the reproducibility crisis.
NAS was founded on, and continues to be guided by the idea that the pursuit of truth is the highest purpose of scholarly work. Civil and open debate is how we best pursue truth. We see this report as a first word on the crisis – not the last, and we wholeheartedly invite comments and responses to our report. More.
At the Report’s intro page:
A reproducibility crisis afflicts a wide range of scientific and social-scientific disciplines, from epidemiology to social psychology. Improper use of statistics, arbitrary research techniques, lack of accountability, political groupthink, and a scientific culture biased toward producing positive results together have produced a critical state of affairs. Many supposedly scientific results cannot be reproduced in subsequent investigations.
This study examines the different aspects of the reproducibility crisis of modern science. The report also includes a series of policy recommendations, scientific and political, for alleviating the reproducibility crisis. More.
From the Preface by Peter Wood:
The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has long been interested in the politicization of science. We have also long been interested in the search for truth—but mainly as it pertains to the humanities and social sciences. The irreproducibility crisis brings together our two long-time interests, because the inability of science to discern truth properly and its politicization go hand in hand.
Evergreen’s Bret Weinstein could testify to that last bit.
The cultural question we face today is whether we need science advances more or less than we need the imposition on science of post-modern cultural demands.
Note: Multiple pdfs via intro page but open access.
See also: Crisis in replication
At Quillette: Who will the Evergreen mob (targeted biology teacher recently) target next?