Curt Rice on the quality of science.
I went to Brussels for the Beyond Questionable Practices symposium, and had a grand time. I’m writing it up, but it is still terribly rough. Meanwhile, I want to link in to one of Curt Rice’s recent posts on the problems with the quality of science. A few quibbles – not sure it is as bleak as some of the people he links in imply. (What the symposium showed very clearly is that scientists really really really want to do good science. All of us! well, maybe barring a few….). Also, the New Yorker piece on the decline effect. Jonah Lehrer. Who I watched going up like the Hindenburgh last fall. And, I always had mild quibbles with that piece. If I recall, he made the decline effect kind of sound magic, and that there is some odd miss we have made as scientists (or like the universe changes as we observe it – well at the heisenberg level, yes, but not at the level of verbal overshadowing) – but it is more likely that it is due to how we publish and the praxis around stats. (Sure, as we know more about a topic, people change. Like, try to have any average student agreeing with anything that vaguely could be related to being racist – which most definitely has changed over the past century). But, other than that, food for thought.