Reviewing peer review

Those of us with a firm belief in the scientific method need to read this Economist article about how easily it can fall short of its ideals.

The good news is that this is being brought to light… In fact, I would propose the term Metascience, if nobody has already coined it, to describe this kind of work: the application of the scientific method to the scientific method!

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Sir Mark Walport gave a great talk last night at Peterhouse for CSAP about the work he does as Chief Scientific Officer for UK government – his specific area was Climate, and he particularly drew attention to the a) meta-study nature and b) level of peer review that the IPCC’s latest report was subject of and to – anyone disputing its findings is really going to be in a small group of idiots on their own….

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