The Demise of Medical Science
This paper from France was prompted by the mistreatment of Dr. Didier Raoult.
And in 2015, the scientific editor of the equally prestigious British medical journal The Lancetwrote:
The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness. [. . .] The apparent endemicity of bad research behaviour is alarming. In their quest for telling a compelling story, scientists too often sculpt data to fit their preferred theory of the world. Or they retrofit hypotheses to fit their data. Journal editors deserve their fair share of criticism too. We aid and abet the worst behaviours. Our acquiescence to the impact factor fuels an unhealthy competition to win a place in a select few journals. Our love of ‘significance’ pollutes the literature with many a statistical fairy-tale. (Horton, 2015: 1380)
the rot in all of our systems is wide-spread and critical. it will take a major MAJOR disaster to wake people up and clean everything up. in fact, I don’t think it’ll happen. ever! evil scientists working for the Nazi’s were hired by the U.S. government to continue their experiments. that’s 80 years and nothing was done about the rot. nobody was prosecuted. nobody was punished.
This is an important subject.. thanks Oliveoil and Gregory. Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying took a shot at the same subject in their latest podcast.. in their case, they frame it in terms of scientific consensus, which should be the result of open and honest dialogue, much of which takes place in journals and letters to the journals. As noted above, these are corrupted.. and Brett and Heather’s high level point is that what should be a natural consensus building process is now a coerced consensus, which is really no consensus at all.