Many (61%) scientific studies can’t be replicated.

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Maverick researchers have long argued that much of what gets published in elite scientific journals is fundamentally squishy — that the results tell a great story but can’t be reproduced when the experiments are run a second time.

[No, science’s reproducibility problem is not limited to psychology]

Now a volunteer army of fact-checkers has published a new report that affirms that the skepticism was warranted. Over the course of four years, 270 researchers attempted to reproduce the results of 100 experiments that had been published in three prestigious psychology journals.

It was awfully hard. They ultimately concluded that they’d succeeded just 39 times.

The failure rate surprised even the leaders of the project, who had guessed that perhaps half the results wouldn’t be reproduced.

The new paper, titled "Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science," was published Thursday in the journal Science. The sweeping effort was led by the Center for Open Science, a nonprofit based in Charlottesville. The center's director, Brian Nosek, a University of Virginia psychology professor, said the review focused on the field of psychology because the leaders of the center are themselves psychologists.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/08/27/trouble-in-science-massive-effort-to-reproduce-100-experimental-results-succeeds-only-36-times/

I found this article to be interesting, particularly since this focused on the field of psychology which I recently had an argument with PtA about whether psychology was really science or not. 

Keep it up researchers! Because, you know, science.
 

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I tend to agree with Chomsky's views on psychology (mainly behavioral psychology) in so far that it really isn't scientific. It is pre-scientific in a lot of ways and more resembles a social science. All it does is read data, but doesn't provide any explanation as to what is going within the human mind, etc. And no attempt is made either. This problem sorta is problematic in cognitive science too.
 
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Psychology is a scientific field. However, it is new, and therefore, it is developing and part of that is the failure of some theories and the emerge of new theories that take place in a short period of time. And because psychology is involved in studying the human mind and behavior, it is very complicated. To say that psychology is not a real science is denying a very important field that helped and still helping millions of people. 
 

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I'd think that modern science, like skepticism and other methods of inquiry/investigation, is simply a tool that can be used for our benefit. There are a dozen or more philosophies of science, and not all of them put forward a "just the facts, ma'am" objectivity myth as its public face, though that is unfortunately the philosophy with the largest market share right now, at least in certain circles.
 

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Raylight said:
Psychology is a scientific field. However, it is new, and therefore, it is developing and part of that is the failure of some theories and the emerge of new theories that take place in a short period of time. And because psychology is involved in studying the human mind and behavior, it is very complicated. To say that psychology is not a real science is denying a very important field that helped and still helping millions of people.
There are lots of fields of study that are helping millions of people that aren't science.
 
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