You Can Trust Science! (to Reverse Itself)
January 28, 2020
Hardly a week goes by without a press release announcing that a common scientific belief is wrong. What does this imply?
Whose News Is Fake News?
August 2, 2019
Somebody, somewhere, has to care about truth and be willing to follow evidence. A little introspection and humility is required.
How Science Could Destroy Itself
June 10, 2019
Without this essential ingredient, long taken for granted, science could collapse.
Science Under the Microscope Looks Infected
May 18, 2019
Surgical changes are coming in scientific institutions and methods, due to chronic maladies coming to light.
Science Is Nothing Without Integrity, cont.
November 30, 2018
This entry continues yesterday's news about scientific integrity.
Big Science Failing Integrity Test
November 29, 2018
What happens when the purveyors of knowledge admit they are unreliable?
Science Fails Its Ideals
August 30, 2018
Fraud, lack of integrity and non-reproducible results continue to plague Big Science. Fair debate can help.
Scientists Are Just as Morally Fraught as Other People
July 15, 2018
Working in a lab and publishing in a peer-reviewed journal does not offer immunity from the moral or logical lapses.
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.