Friday, 3 July 2009

Heresy

As Aldous Huxley said:
  • "All great truths begin with heresy"
There's nothing like challenging 'conventional wisdom'! Seemingly it takes a lot to follow the science rather than convention. This paper tackles the thorny issue of not rocking the boat, maintaining the status quo and "making data confess":
  • ''Based on theoretical reasoning it has been suggested that the reliability of findings published in the scientific literature decreases with the popularity of a research field."

Seeing guys like Gary Taubes going in to medical establishments and tackling them on their own turf, in their specialist areas of medicine/biology, you really get to understand what a bold move this is in light of the paper above.

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