articles | January 03, 2011

Neuroscience Speaker Jonah Lehrer's "The Truth Wears Off" Still #1 on The New Yorker

Weeks after we first wrote about it, neuroscience speaker Jonah Lehrer’s article “The Truth Wears Off” is still the #1 most-read on The New Yorker’s website. The piece is a stunning take on the scientific method—and why it may not be as perfect as we think. In a follow-up blog post, Lehrer answers some of the responses to his article and goes deeper into his views on the scientific method:

These questions have no easy answers. However, I think the decline effect is an important reminder that we shouldn’t simply reassure ourselves with platitudes about the rigors of replication or the inevitable corrections of peer review. Although we often pretend that experiments settle the truth for us—that we are mere passive observers, dutifully recording the facts—the reality of science is a lot messier. It is an intensely human process, shaped by all of our usual talents, tendencies, and flaws.

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you can read the original article over at The New Yorker.

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