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Cleaning Up Science: The New Yorker


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author
Gary Marcus
link
https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/cleaning-up-science
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journal
NewYorker.com
year
2012
month
December 21

excerpt

All too often, scientists muck about with pilot studies, and keep tweaking something until they get the result they were hoping to achieve. Unfortunately, each fresh effort increases the risk of getting the right result for the wrong reason, and winding up with a spurious vision of something that doesn’t turn out to be scientifically robust, like a cancer drug that seems to work in trials but fails to work in the real world.