The 7 Biggest Problems Facing Science, According to 270 Scientists

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From Vox: “In the past several years, many scientists have become afflicted with a serious case of doubt — doubt in the very institution of science.

. . . They told us that, in a variety of ways, their careers are being hijacked by perverse incentives. The result is bad science.

. . . Scientists say they’re forced to prioritize self-preservation over pursuing the best questions and uncovering meaningful truths.

‘I feel torn between asking questions that I know will lead to statistical significance and asking questions that matter,’ says Kathryn Bradshaw, a 27-year-old graduate student of counseling at the University of North Dakota.

Today, scientists’ success often isn’t measured by the quality of their questions or the rigor of their methods. It’s instead measured by how much grant money they win, the number of studies they publish, and how they spin their findings to appeal to the public.

. . . ‘Over time the most successful people will be those who can best exploit the system,’ Paul Smaldino, a cognitive science professor at University of California Merced, says.”

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1 COMMENT

  1. The Kurt Gödel Circle of Friends published two examples of brilliant science by asking the right questions and getting the answers judged by a jury of excellent scientist having not a clue who the authors of the answers were. Please see here:

    Kurt Gödel Award 2019: https://kurtgoedel.de/kurt-goedel-prize-2019/
    for the best question reductionists would have to answer, but cannot and why.
    (THE question to proof that psychiatry did never and will never base on any knowledge at all)

    Kurt Gödel Award 2021: https://kurtgoedel.de/kurt-goedel-award-2021/
    for the best answer to the question: What does it mean for our world view if, according to Gödel, we also assume the non-existence of time?
    Press release: https://kurtgoedel.de/press-release-2021/

    rene talbot
    Berlin, Germany