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Time Magazine Article "How the Research Community Is Addressing the Reproducability Crisis"

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Never Give Up, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. Never Give Up

    Never Give Up Collecting improvements, until there's a cure.

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  2. Simon


    Monmouth, UK
    The conclusion is worth reading:
    read the full article: How the Research Community Is Addressing the ‘Reproducibility Crisis’ | TIME
  3. user9876

    user9876 Senior Member

    Replication worries me a bit. I think two different things should be talked about
    1) Simple replication - can someone reproduce an experiment. This does not mean the results are correct though as the methodology may be incorrect and they may just be reproducing the same error. Although my real objection here is that there is too much over-generalisation from an experiment and some may see a simple replication of supporting this over-generalisation. Take something like PACE I think it could be reproduced. What is should say is CBT/GET change the way patients answer specific questions.
    2) Testing a hypothesis - This is a harder one but if we have a properly stated hypothesis then can alternative experiments be designed which will test the hypothesis. That is if we look at the theory can it be checked in different ways.
  4. SilverbladeTE

    SilverbladeTE Senior Member

    Somewhere near Glasgow, Scotland
    Real Science is hard work, and takes a *GREAT DEAL OF TIME*
    Nearly every damn thing we "know" now, or "knew" before, is *wrong*.
    usually it's because over decades or more, things are shown to be more complex than originally thought
    it's much rarer for the entire issue to be shown to be wrong.
    Look at Physics for good examples.
    With Physics there is far less of the greed, political and other bullshit that routinely perverts the medical research area.
    Thus a good area to show how "today's heresy is tomorrow's orthodoxy" ;)
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  5. anciendaze

    anciendaze Senior Member

    I want to warn people that emphasis on reproducibility can easily be exploited to make sure that those who have been getting funding for advocating a particular viewpoint will continue to benefit. You might check the history of questions about the health effects of cigarette smoking, and the role R.A. Fisher played, as a paid consultant of tobacco companies, in delaying recognition.
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