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Science is often flawed, Update

UPDATE: From the NYT

Related:Economists like to say there are no bad people, just bad incentives. The incentives to publish today are corrupting the scientific literature and the media that covers it. Until those incentives change, we’ll all get fooled again.

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From Vox:

Right now, taxpayers fund a lot of the science that gets done, yet journals charge users ludicrous sums of money to view the finished product. American universities and government groups spend $10 billion each year to access science…

The knowledge monopoly is as unwarranted and anachronistic as the corn laws,” he wrote. “Let’s throw off these parasitic overlords and liberate the research that belongs to us.”

Despite this outrageous setup and all the attention to it over the past 20 years, the status quo is still firmly entrenched, especially when it comes to health research. All of us — physicians, policymakers, journalists, curious patients — can’t access many of the latest research findings, unless we fork over a hefty sum or it happens to be published in an open-access journal.

via Science is often flawed. It’s time we embraced that. – Vox.

A long and interesting article on the flaws in scientific study and reporting. It seems many of the scientific things we know just aren’t so.

One of the reasons for this state of affairs is an anachronistic science reporting system from the nineteenth century. Instantaneous crowd sourced online peer review would give us better faster results. However it would also spell the end of paper published journals.

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