2015 May

The Trouble with Scientists

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”


Scientists suffer from cognitive biases just like everybody else. The scientific method is supposed to catch and correct such biases, but it is failing to do so. Why? Because to advance as a professional scientist you must publish; learned journals want to publish positive results, not negative ones; so confirmation bias is strengthened; and peer review slows the rate at which wrong claims can be contradicted (3,160 words)



Mike’s response

Good article