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NewScientist: Most scientific papers are probably wrong

  1. Sep 1, 2005 #1
    NewScientist: "Most scientific papers are probably wrong"

    http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7915

    This is no surprise to me if we are considering papers in the social sciences. But I wonder what those of you in the other sciences think about this?
     
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  3. Sep 1, 2005 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    Somewhere out there, there is a paper that uses figures on the strength of a certain dental material that were obtained by me in my garage. I find that to be rather scary! :biggrin:
     
  4. Sep 1, 2005 #3

    Pengwuino

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    :mad: :mad: :mad: And I built my garage with that dental material!
     
  5. Sep 1, 2005 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    As long as you don't bite it you'll be fine. :biggrin:
     
  6. Sep 1, 2005 #5

    Pengwuino

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    mmm... that might be hard. I didn't have a lot of plaster.... so i used cookie dough.
     
  7. Sep 1, 2005 #6

    LeonhardEuler

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    This result was obtained in a scientific research paper. The results of scientific research papers have a greater than 50% chance of being wrong. Therefore, there is a greater than 50% chance that the conclusion is wrong. This implies that there is actually not a greater than 50% chance that it is wrong. Since it is probably not wrong, then the conslusion is probably true, which means it is probably wrong... :confused:
     
  8. Sep 2, 2005 #7
    Yeah, emphasis on the "assuming that the new paper is itself correct" in the original article.
     
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