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There is an argument, which I subscribe to, that the self-righting mechanisms of science are not working. To kick off, it is worth noting that the claim that science is self-righting is made by scientists and by organisations such as journal publishers, whose very existence depends on science. To me there is something of a conflict of interest here.
In my last post on the subject, “Does Science self-right“, I went through a selection of the evidence that highlighted the conflict of interest journals have in claiming that science self-rights and enumerated a number of examples of what we might euphemistically call “problem papers”. Since, I have come across a transcript of Peter Medawar’s excellent broadcast entitled “Is The Scientific Paper a Fraud?“. (more…)

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