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Stephen Downes

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I'll just restate the critically important point: "In science, too often, the first demonstration of an idea becomes the lasting one — in both pop culture and academia. But this isn't how science is supposed to work at all!Science is a frustrating, iterative process. When we communicate it, we need to get beyond the idea that a single, stunning study ought to last the test of time. Scientists know this as well, but their institutions have often discouraged them from replicating old work, instead of the pursuit of new and exciting, attention-grabbing studies."

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