Correcting Bad Science

via Andrew Sullivan

Fraud in a lab coat by Gavin Cook

Between 2001 and 2010, the number of retractions increased more than 15-fold, according to a recent investigation by the Wall Street Journal. There were 22 retractions in 2001, and 339 last year, according to the Journal, over a period of time when the number of publications increased by only 44 percent.

It would seem a grim development, this sudden scourge of epic sloppiness and outright fraud in the halls of science. But it’s actually news we should all welcome: We are not witnessing an explosion of misconduct, but a new openness about it.

I can’t wait till they start looking in to “climate science” and the fraud being perpetrated on the world by so-called scientists.


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