This article was mentioned in the book The Creative Destruction of Medicine. The book also mentioned the article “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False”, which Peter Bevelin brought up in my 2009 interview with him.
Before the effectiveness of a drug can be confirmed, it must be tested and tested again. Different scientists in different labs need to repeat the protocols and publish their results. The test of replicability, as it’s known, is the foundation of modern research. Replicability is how the community enforces itself. It’s a safeguard for the creep of subjectivity. Most of the time, scientists know what results they want, and that can influence the results they get. The premise of replicability is that the scientific community can correct for these flaws.
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