Tuesday, May 02, 2006

"For Science's Gatekeepers, a Credibility Gap"

See this article from the New York Times: For Science's Gatekeepers, a Credibility Gap.
Virtually every major scientific and medical journal has been humbled recently by publishing findings that are later discredited. The flurry of episodes has led many people to ask why authors, editors and independent expert reviewers all failed to detect the problems before publication.
The article points out that the peer-review process is flawed. Also, peer-review is often ignored by journal editors:
Editors say they have accepted a number of papers that reviewers have harshly criticized as unworthy of publication and have rejected many that received high plaudits.
The Times blames profit-hungry journal owners and the pharmaceutical industry for these problems.

I blame a lack of morality and a hatred for the truth. Science is the conformance of the intellect to reality, and this seems to be ignored these days.

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