Shoddy Science / Retractions of Papers on the Rise

Whole lot of “cheating” going on?

Today’s scientists appear to lack an education in ethics, which is a major factor in doing proper science. My opinion is that the collapse of American education has caught up with us. The dumbing down of standards, pitifully inadequate teacher qualifications and “happy face” graduation has promoted lax standards in universities as well as public schools. American science has become as “childish” as American social culture; in fact, like other areas of knowledge, social ideas and goals have taken over –

People who cheat their way to the top of the social pyramid are rewarded: it’s a critical failure in American politics, business and science.

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truth-vigilantes-retractions

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Science Isn’t Broken It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for.

Even legitimate peer reviewers let through plenty of errors. Andrew Vickers is the statistical editor at the journal European Urology and a biostatistician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. A few years back, he decided to write up guidelines for contributors describing common statistical errors and how to avoid them. In preparation for writing the list, he and some colleagues looked back at papers their journal had already published. “We had to go back about 17 papers before we found one without an error,” he told me. His journal isn’t alone — similar problems have turned up, he said…

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