Scientist says Most Scientific Papers are Wrong

Slashdot article

Posted by Zonk on Tuesday August 30, @06:37PM
from the what-if-his-paper-is-one-of-the-wrong-ones dept.
An anonymous reader writes “According to epidemiologist John Ioannidis, the majority of published scientific papers are wrong. If Ioannidis’s own paper is right, a randomly chosen scientific paper has less than a 50% chance of being true. He also says that many papers may only be accurate measures of the prevailing bias among scientists. However, a senior editor of a scientific journal says that scientists are already aware of this: ‘When I read the literature, I’m not reading it to find proof like a textbook. I’m reading to get ideas. So even if something is wrong with the paper, if they have the kernel of a novel idea, that’s something to think about.'”

More proof of how bias/values manifest… Meantime, just had to note the preoccupation for judgment – of wrongness and rightness instead of what is..


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