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The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science (Guest: David Randall)

April 25, 2018

Science is in crisis. An increasing number of studies that have gotten through peer-review to be published in prominent journals are shown to produce results that are irreproducible and sometimes outright false.

David Randall's new study "The Irreproducibility Crisis Of Modern Science: Causes, Consequences, and the Road to Reform," details the danger to continued societal progress and scientific integrity from the fact that increasing numbers of peer reviewed scientific studies are being found to be irreproducible and sometimes outright false. This threatens the public's trust in scientific findings and, beyond science, can result in bad laws and regulations based on research that is not transparent or reproducible.

H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.