Science is Not the Quest of TRUTH, but the Quest for Research Dollars

40 to 89 percent of “scientific studies” cannot be reproduced. Shocking? Hardly. Many scientific “truths” are, in fact, false – Quartz

For example, there’s massive academic pressure to publish in journals, and these journals tend to publish exciting studies that show strong results

“Journals favor novelty, originality, and verification of hypotheses over robustness, stringency of method, reproducibility, and falsifiability,” Hagger tells Quartz. “Therefore researchers have been driven to finding significant effects, finding things that are novel, testing them on relatively small samples.”

Some disciplines have more trouble than others. Psychology is especially problematic.

Researchers have recreated prominent studies from several scientific fields and come up with wildly different results. And psychology has become something of a poster child for the “reproducibility crisis” since Brian Nosek, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia, coordinated a Reproducibility Initiative project to repeat 100 psychological experiments, and could only successfully replicate 40%.

Folks believe that science is the quest for ultimate truth. But it isn’t. Science abandoned the quest for “Truth” in the late 1800s, when it was clear that all the truths we thought we knew were wrong. If you are looking for Truth (capital “T”) you should either be studying philosophy or theology. [Hat Tip Small Dead Animals]

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