neuroscience | December 13, 2010

Jonah Lehrer: What's Wrong With The Scientific Method?

The scientific method is supposed to be one of life’s givens — an unassailable truth, like death and taxes. But just how perfect is it? In last week’s New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer wrote about troubling flaws in the scientific method, focusing on something called The Decline Effect. A number of scientists, it turns out, are having trouble replicating their results in follow-up experiments. Many results that are tested, proven, and accepted actually start to shrink in subsequent studies. Obviously, this is a big problem. And not only for scientists, but also for the constellation of people and companies that rely on their findings. As of this week, Jonah’s relevatory piece remains one of the most read and emailed over at the New Yorker’s site.

Read the article here: “The Truth Wears Off

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