Saturday, October 19, 2013

The process of science isn't perfect.

The process of science isn't perfect.  To anyone not blinded by their faith in science, that's no surprise.  What might be a bit of a surprise, though, is that the “self-correcting” claims of science are likely a bit overblown.  “Trouble at the lab”, an article in The Economist, does a nice job of explaining the most common kinds of problems.  Some of the areas it explores are precisely those that concern me about the current state of climate science.  This quote jumped out at me:
There is no cost to getting things wrong.  The cost is not getting them published.
That's from psychologist Brian Nosek, who's worried about the number of errors in published psychological studies – but he could just as well be talking about climatology...

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