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I don't agree. Science isn't so hard at all. Even ME-patiënts can understand it. Science these days are more like religion. I think Richard Dawkins wouldn't agree
hi, I think that the truth is simple and science that feeds on truth must be simple too .....
Today maybe science does not believe in herself and this often needs to complicate the reality.
They try to explain too many things with stress, with psychology, with pollution, as they had once cared for with exorcisms ..... as well as a few decades ago explained the gastric ulcer, blamed on many factors: stress, smoking, fatty foods
genetics, etc. Then came someone who ate a colony of Helicobacter pylori
and they understood that the causes before mentioned were only marginal factors ...
It looks like another method of spinning results, to get them published and sound authoritative. Unnecessary grammatical and methodological complexity is probably being added to deliberately obscure the weaknesses of the paper. And if the researchers do a "good" job of spinning it, insecure reviewers might fear sounding ignorant if they confess that they do not understand it well enough to evaluate the contents of it.
Solution: print out said paper, roll it up, and smack the relevant researchers on the nose with it. Repeat until they submit something intelligible.
If you believe that you see that happening, perhaps you should ask them to explain it to you. It is likely to be more productive (though perhaps less satisfying) than making broad generalizations.On a lesser scale you get it on Phoenix Rising with people posting unintelligible papers claiming they understand them.
If you believe that you see that happening, perhaps you should ask them to explain it to you. It is likely to be more productive (though perhaps less satisfying) than making broad generalizations.
Papers are also frequently posted precisely because they look interesting but we don't really understand them. Then we can engage in discussion to get a better understanding.
Is Science becoming too hard even for scientists?
I think one of the problems is science is becoming increasingly specialised with scientific papers normally written for those with a common background in the specialist area. This can make it really hard for others to pick up the work.
Sometimes when specialisms overlap in techniques they use they can have very different language. But this is not new. Years ago when I worked on signal processing I did some work with some geophysicists and they have very different terminology for similar problems and techniques.
The science we figured out early was simple. The most complex thing we are studying is the human brain. Its so complex that most of what we say about it is still probably wrong, despite oodles of research. We keep learning new things.hi, I think that the truth is simple and science that feeds on truth must be simple too .....