This is worth a read. I have always said politics and money corrupt everything (not just science)
Jerry Coyne blogged yesterday about the trend in articles pointing out the flaws in science, noting that most of the observed problems are in medical studies, most notably in drug studies, and that generalizing these problems to all of science isn’t really accurate or fair.
I agree, but I have an observation about why some fields have problems, and other don’t. The natural sciences, such as physics, chemistry, biology, and geology don’t seem to be having particular problems. Physicists are having a debate about whether certain theoretical concepts are really science, but that is a minor and relatively healthy debate, compared to the issues that these articles are discussing.
Issues such as unrepeatable results, shoddy methodologies, selective publication of data, and ideologically driven interpretations seem to predominate in certain fields, but not others. Initially, I thought maybe it was just that fields with politically sensitive topics were the problem ones…
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