Science Cannot Rise Above Human Nature
April 29, 2018
For all its aspirations and achievements, science must constantly drag along with it the ball and chain of human fallibility.
Big Science Trying to Wipe Egg Off Its Face
March 18, 2018
Science scandals and crises are reminding observers that scientific reliability is no more reliable than the people who make a living in science.
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 […]
Unreliability in Science Reaches Epic Proportions
June 3, 2017
If it's a problem in a field open to observation and visible in the here and now—biomedical research—what about evolution, which is based on events and extinct life forms that are claimed to have existed eons ago?
Scientists Blind to Their Failings
April 4, 2017
Scientism sounds appealing in theory. In practice, human scientists fall short of its ideals of enlightenment, progress and understanding.
Nature Values Independent Science Journalism
March 17, 2017
Are independent science reporters less credible than the big players? Given Big Media's awful track record, the journal editors welcome alternatives.
Big Science Losing Public Trust
February 25, 2017
Scientists themselves are warning that the scientific community has lost a great deal of public trust, and for good reasons.
Time to Overhaul Science
January 11, 2017
A noted advocate of science integrity is leading a team of experts on a program to improve scientific practice and clean up serious failings.
Scientists Not Prepared for Evil
October 9, 2016
What would scientists say if North Korea nuked their labs? Not much.
Scientism, Heal Thyself
September 8, 2016
The scientific establishment that sees itself as the paragon of rationality needs take an honest look at its human frailties.
Scientists Can Be Inept Philosophers
August 2, 2016
An undergrad philosopher could make mince meat out of some scientists' claims.
Science Is Biased
May 29, 2016
They admit it; you can't get rid of bias in science. Big Science has too many problems of its own to dictate ethics to others.
If You Can't Trust Scientists, You Can't Trust Science
February 8, 2016
Science may be "out there" in the world, but its discoveries are mediated by fallible scientists.
Psychotherapy Effectiveness Exaggerated
October 4, 2015
It's depressing that psychotherapy inflates its effectiveness in treating depression.
Reproducibility Crisis in Psychology, and Other Science Woes
September 5, 2015
Here's more evidence that human pride, greed and ambition can get in the way of the ideals of science.