Most Published Research Findings Are False–But a Little Replication Goes a Long Way
“– that most research findings are false, we clearly demonstrate that replication of research findings enhances the positive predictive value of research findings being true.”
The authors received no specific funding for this article.
The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
Don’t be intimidated by all the mathematics presented in the study. Funny, here is a study in itself that “concludes” that most studies are unreliable.
Or here, read this: “In a wilderness of knowledge, it can be difficult to distinguish error from fraud, sloppiness from deception, eagerness from greed or, increasingly, scientific conviction from partisan passion. As scientific findings become fodder for political policy wars over matters from stem-cell research to global warming, even trivial errors and corrections can have larger consequences.”
In 1974, Richard Feynman referred to this kind of sloppy work in the scientific research field as cargo cult science. He was right.