The replication crisis may also be a theory crisis

From Ars Technica Theory protects from “personal intuitions and culturally biased folk theories.” Cathleen O’Grady – 2/16/2019, 11:00 AM A jumbled jigsaw puzzle, AKA the state of theory in the behavioral sciences. A replication crisis has called into question results from behavioral (and other) sciences. Complaints have focused on poor statistical methods, the burying of…

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New Study Claims To Expose The ‘Science Charade’ Behind Some EPA Regulations

From the Daily Caller Michael Bastasch 07/04/2017 A new study highlights how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is able to game the rule-making system to cloak contentious policy decisions as based on science. Susan Dudley, president of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, and Marcus Peacock, executive vice president of the Business Roundtable, published…

Science Has a Reproducibility Crisis

Edward Ferrara writes: If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, you may have recently heard about how Bill Nye–the Science Guy himself–“slammed” Tucker Carlson on the latter’s evening show on Fox. THIS. (If you live somewhere else you may have been treated to an equally smug reaction from people claiming that Carlson “won.”) However…

A Nature editorial on the state of 'robusted' science reproducibility

Excerpts from Robust research: Institutions must do their part for reproducibility C. Glenn Begley, Alastair M. Buchan & Ulrich Dirnagl Tie funding to verified good institutional practice, and robust science will shoot up the agenda, say C. Glenn Begley, Alastair M. Buchan and Ulrich Dirnagl. Irreproducible research poses an enormous burden: it delays treatments, wastes patients’ and…

'Robust' analysis isn't what it is cracked up to be: Top 10 ways to save science from its statistical self

In the wake of what Willis recently pointed out from Nassim Taleb, about how “In fact errors are so convex that the contribution of a single additional variable could increase the total error more than the previous one.”, I thought it relevant to share this evisceration of the over-reliance on statistical techniques in science, especially…