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Most published studies are false?

Postby RarelyImpressed » 22 Oct 2010, 00:59

Interesting article on peer reviewed studies published in biomedical and other journals....from allopathic to natural....


A while back I wrote a short piece in the New York Times Magazine about a researcher named John Ioannidis who had found that over half of all new research findings later prove false:



Read More http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/ ... z130tpwLnz
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Re: Most published studies are false?

Postby RarelyImpressed » 22 Oct 2010, 01:05

More of a introduction none the less interesting read....has links to his articles on Plos....I like the fair and balanced view that one must take when talking about alopathic or natural medicine....nothing escapes proper skepticism. It must be applied to everything in life including the mainstream.
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Re: Most published studies are false?

Postby Arouet » 22 Oct 2010, 01:52

But that's the beauty of the scientific method! The silver lining of that article, accepting the stats at face value, is that 50% of studies are eventually PROVED wrong. Science is self correcting. We must treat all studies with caution - that is why we demand replication before accepting results. This is not a failure of the system, but, IMO, its strongest asset. Errors come out. Hypotheses are scrapped. Knowledge progresses.
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