The history of female hysteria and virbrators reveals much about the nature of science today, and the great challenge facing it.
Summary: After a decade of slow growth beneath public view, the replication crisis in science begins breaking into public view. First psychology and biomedical studies, now spreading to many other fields -- overturning what we were told is settled science, the foundations of our personal behavior and public policy. Here is an introduction to the … Continue reading The replication crisis in science has just begun. It will be big.
Summary: Good news is rare in the news ("if it bleeds, it leads"), but here's a twofer. First, ocean acidification is probably not certain doom, as we've been told. Second, new evidence that climate-related sciences are returning to their norms of careful skepticism. Our usual stream of bad news will resume tomorrow. The February/March … Continue reading Good news about ocean acidification! Important news about science.
We appear to be heading towards a crisis of science. Although an essential guide for humanity to navigate the many challenges that lies ahead of us, public confidence in scientists is crumbling. Vaccination rates are plummeting across the nation, from conservative rural areas to urban areas such as Los Angeles -- including children at top … Continue reading Our confidence in science is crumbling. Why? How can we fix this?