Science defeated by Gary Gutting in NYT

The New York Times has published a study by Dr. Gary Gutting, PhD, that shows that most science is pretty much inaccurate and misleading. Readers of this blog already know this, but it’s good to see it in a (slightly) more mainstream venue.

Gary also links to excellent work by Pub Med.


5 thoughts on “Science defeated by Gary Gutting in NYT

  1. Actually NS, it was John P. A. Ioannidis that did the work, PubMed is the online library. That paper has been very influential in changing practices for the better.

  2. One of the great things about science … is that … eventually … most honest researchers with integrity will listen to critiques and criticism … analyse it … accept it if it has merrit and incorporate that into their research. What is necessary for this to happen is to first … understand that your understanding of everything and anything is not perfect … that it must always be open to criticism … and that admitting that you were wrong is not a bad thing … if anything … it garners you more respect amongst colleagues. It is very difficult to be open to criticism, other peoples strong opposing views allong with the harsh language and insults that sometimes accompany it. As Tomato Addict pointed out, Ioannidis’s work helped researchers adopt better methodology in their research. This is a credit to those who are brave enough to listen to criticism, address it, be willing to admit they are wrong, then admit they are wrong and then modify their theories. This is not only admirable, but it is essential in the world of “truth seeking” … a never ending project.

  3. He doesn’t say most of science is inaccurate. He says most science reporting is inaccurate. And even that isn’t supported by his premise. Wake up; you’re not paying attention.

  4. What that article actually shows is that the media tends to report preliminary correlative studies as things which are “scientifically proven” and that the goal of these studies are to help direct us toward what should be tested more rigourously. It doesn’t say science is inaccurate or misleading, only that results are not reported correctly by various outlets. In no way does this article “defeat” science, as if such a thing was possible.

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