Sloppy Science- Adelyne T.

In one’s early life they can realize that too really succeed, they must try to at least fail. I feel like this philosophy applies to science. I think it is important for us to fail as humans because that teaches this new lessons and new opportunities to be shed. But when someone slaps a “Good to go” sign on a new discovery that is really just a false “truth”, to me is just laziness. The book Rigor Mortis, written by Richard Harris, highlights the problem of these sloppy studies. But the fact that Harris starts the book with the lines: “It was one of those things that everybody knew but was too polite to say. Each year about a million biomedical studies are published in the scientific literature. And many of them are simply wrong.” My initial thought was, why is everyone being so nice about this issue in the first place? I’m upset because from what the book has been revealing so far, is that there are lies about advances in science. So why aren’t these people upset like me? Why at the existence of 15 years is this the first time I’m hearing about this complication? Because if people are too polite to say something, then the strides of advancement that some have worked so hard for in the biomedical field, will be for what? Meaning will advancements in medicine stop? When I read page 17, the quote that Janet Woodcock left: “It’s like nine out of ten airplanes we designed fell out of the sky. Or nine out of ten bridges we built failed to stand up.” I almost laughed. Because I accepted the fails, but not the lack of effort to find a solution. If these potential drugs are not being tested rigorously enough, then why has no one changed it? Why has it been the same for so long? So through out experiments, I believe that scientists/investigators should not be swayed by what they want to happen. I’m appreciative of this news though because I can be be cautious and at the same time aware of the new medical innovations and discoveries that occur now. On page 11 Harris mentions an article written by John Ioannidis, called “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False”(External link: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124). From what I could understand (and I really tried to understand with his blend of intelligent words and equations.) is that we shouldn’t have to mis-trust science, and that scientists have the option to conduct a cleaner and eventually less confusing experiments. This chapter alone has made me ask questions I have never thought of before, and I am excited to get my answers from the rest of the book.

References:

  • Ioannidis, John P. A. “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.”
    Journals.plos.org, 30 Aug. 2005, journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/
    article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124.
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  1. Hello, my name is Danna M. and I love how the author of this article portrays her own opinion and she crosshatches it with the book. It really caught my attention when she said “it is important for us to fail as humans”, and when I read this it made me wonder why she would think this. Well as I read further I bean to see that she was right. As humans we should fail so that we can learn from our mistakes and be better in the future. I really did enjoy reading this article, and I understood the point of view of the writer.~

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