The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists

Julia Belluz, Brad Plumer, Brian Resnick, Vox, Jul 18, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

These problems are nothing we haven't seen before, but this article makes a good case for each, plus some good discussion on proposed remedies (quoted):

  • Academia has a huge money problem
  • Too many studies are poorly designed. Blame bad incentives.
  • Replicating results is crucial. But scientists rarely do it.
  • Peer review is broken
  • Too much science is locked behind paywalls
  • Science is poorly communicated to the public
  • Life as a young academic is incredibly stressful

Science, they say, is "ripe for disruption". But what would that even look like?

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