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megimoo
01-03-2011, 01:20 AM
The Truth Wears Off..

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Before the effectiveness of a drug can be confirmed, it must be tested and tested again. Different scientists in different labs need to repeat the protocols and publish their results. The test of replicability, as itís known, is the foundation of modern research. Replicability is how the community enforces itself. Itís a safeguard for the creep of subjectivity. Most of the time, scientists know what results they want, and that can influence the results they get. The premise of replicability is that the scientific community can correct for these flaws.

But now all sorts of well-established, multiply confirmed findings have started to look increasingly uncertain. Itís as if our facts were losing their truth: claims that have been enshrined in textbooks are suddenly unprovable.

This phenomenon doesnít yet have an official name, but itís occurring across a wide range of fields, from psychology to ecology.

In the field of medicine, the phenomenon seems extremely widespread, affecting not only antipsychotics but also therapies ranging from cardiac stents to Vitamin E and antidepressants:

Davis has a forthcoming analysis demonstrating that the efficacy of antidepressants has gone down as much as threefold in recent decades.


http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/12/13/101213fa_fact_lehrer?currentPage=all

FBIGuy
01-03-2011, 09:09 AM
The scientific method is only valuable for providing answers to a limited set of questions. It valid for experiments that can have repeatable results. It will not work to validate such things as evolution, the cause of the big bang, man made global warming, origin of life, historical events, etc.