A Pox Afflicts Big Science
June 22, 2022
Ever since Big Science hooked up with politics, it has displayed ugly sores and scabs.
Does Cheating Evolve?
October 11, 2021
What if the evolution of cheating by natural selection backfires, and everyone becomes a cheater?
Who Decides What Is Misinformation About Science?
April 16, 2021
Can scientists recognize their own fallibility? Must they portray themselves as judges over the public?
Retracted Papers Never Die
January 6, 2021
There's another case of zombie science in peer-reviewed publishing: retracted papers that don't stay dead.
How Science Could Destroy Itself
June 10, 2019
Without this essential ingredient, long taken for granted, science could collapse.
Big Science Failing Integrity Test
November 29, 2018
What happens when the purveyors of knowledge admit they are unreliable?
Science’s Got Troubles, cont.
October 29, 2018
The "credibility crisis" in science is not solved. It may be getting worse.
Science’s Got Troubles
October 27, 2018
Numerous news articles point to moral shortcomings in Big Science that threaten public trust. The US Constitution was a great idea. But John Adams once said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other” (US Archives). Similarly, the “Scientific Method,” as it […]
Scientific Papers Can No Longer Be Trusted
August 2, 2018
How do you know a paper is not a hoax? or fake science? It's getting increasingly difficult to tell, and Big Science is worried.
Blunders Without Number: The Fraud Problems and Darwinism
July 5, 2018
Blunders without Number: The Fraud Problems and Darwinism One of the most respected medical journals in the world, New England Journal of Medicine, recently “retracted and republished a landmark study on the Mediterranean diet, and issued an unprecedented five other corrections after an obscure report last year scrutinized thousands of articles in eight journals over […]
Scientists Not Always Trained to Be Critical Thinkers
February 19, 2018
A trainer of graduate students at a prestigious university wants to put the Ph back in PhD. Can scientists be good at detail work but dumb at logic? Gundula Bosch thinks so. She directs the R3 Graduate Science Initiative at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. In Nature, she says she’s […]
Big Science Wobbles on Trust
January 6, 2018
Fixing the gap between the ideal and the real will require factors outside of science, like honesty.
Big Science Struggling to Regain Credibility
September 23, 2017
Peer review is under attack with new moves to combat fraud and special interest through integrity and transparency. But where do those come from?
Dishonesty Undermines Trust in Big Science
August 8, 2017
Before they can tell the public what is true about the world, scientists had better get a handle on honesty. You can trust a scientist – to be fallible. Science is not entirely ‘out there’ in the world. Its findings are always mediated through fallible humans. And lately, there has been a flurry of concerns […]
More Fakes in the Science Laboratory
May 23, 2017
Fake news is not just a problem in politics.