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Science’s Dirtiest Secret

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Science and Technology, research, statistics, medicine, Science News,

Scientist Testing

Too often, scientists today rely on statistics that they don’t understand. As a result, “there are more false claims made in medical literature than anyone appreciates,” biostatistician Steven Goodman told Science News. In fact, the entire system of how scientists use statistics to draw conclusions is being called into question. Science News quotes statistician David Salsburg who wrote, “This problem is still unsolved, and… if it remains unsolved, the whole of the statistical approach to science may come crashing down on its own inconsistencies.”

Science News explains the problem:

Source: Science News