In “Clueless in Toronto,” neurosurgeon Michael Egnor writes,
Science is an overrated endeavor. Obviously there have been substantial advances, but most of them have been in applied sciences like medical research and engineering, not ideology-infested “disciplines” like climate science and evolutionary biology. Ninety-five percent of the scientific literature is garbage, most of it is irreproducible, and most of the rest is irrelevant except to tenure. A lot of published science is so dodgy with data and logic that if it were a financial prospectus the authors would be prosecuted by securities authorities. And of course scientific literature is a prospectus, attracting hundreds of billions of research dollars annually. More.
This follows on a New York Times science writer asking, “Could physics be as bad as social psychology for scandals?”
The surest sign of trouble is that worry about these problems is seen as “anti-science,” despite the steady drumbeat of bad news. That makes reform impossible instead of just difficult.
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