Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The science of science is scientific. I think.

www.newscientist.com posted an article about a study that finds that most scientific research papers are wrong.
" Most published scientific research papers are wrong, according to a new analysis. Assuming that the new paper is itself correct, problems with experimental and statistical methods mean that there is less than a 50% chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper are true."
From the looks of it John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at the University of Ioannina School of Medicine in Greece, is the smartest person in the history of all time.  He's the one that says that the papers are wrong.  How does he know you ask?  Easy.  He's an epidemiologist and they are always right.
I have no idea what I am talking about.