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An interesting article on publication bias as a form of cultural diffusion & selection

One of my long standing interests both as a journal editor and as a research methods professor, is the ongoing problem of the publication of false positives in the sciences and the social sciences.  Last week, an interesting new study came out in Royal Society Open Science by Paul Smaldino and Richard McElreath titled, “The Natural Selection of Bad Science.”  It is very well done and definitely worth the read!

For a more journalistic treatment of this problem see Jonah Lehrer’s article in the New Yorker, “The Truth Wears Off.”


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