Is science dysfunctional? YES!
It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated this blog, but a discussion on /r/physics on Reddit today reminded me that there was an article I’ve been meaning to post. The article discusses research into the growing number of retractions in scientific journals, and makes the argument that the greater pressures and increasingly competitive environment of academia is driving people to be less rigorous, and making them more likely to falsify data or publish results that have been poorly checked.
I don’t find this even the least bit surprising. I’ve been ranting for years now that science is dysfunctional, from multiple angles, and this growing evidence of the failure of peer review, the grant distribution process, and the “publish or perish” environment is yet another piece falling into place. The chorus of voices calling for major reform in academia is growing – hopefully people will start listening.