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Science is fallible, just like us

Fears of a "reproducibility crisis" show we need to stop being naïve about science

By Philip Ball  

A classic experiment on the flow of blood in the body by early scientist William Harvey:

A paper published in Science has found that the results of only a third of nearly 100 studies published in top psychology journals could be replicated in repeat experiments. What’s surprising about this is that it has taken this long for the problem to come to light. These results remind us that the scientific method—often idealised as a sleek engine for turning observations into dependable facts and theories—is just an…

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