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Interview with President of the Flat Earth Society Ioannidis debunks medical conferences Abhijit Banerjee on the Guardian developm,ent podcast IDS has a governance and development blog Teju Cole on Kony 2012 and the white savior industrial complex

Where have all the random control trial results gone?

Writing in the New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer highlights the slipperiness of empiricism: all sorts of well-established, multiply confirmed findings have started to look increasingly uncertain. It’s as if our facts were losing their truth: claims that have been enshrined in textbooks … Continue reading

Why most research is false, explained

Ioannidis says most published research findings are false. This is plausible in his field of medicine where it is easy to imagine that there are more than 800 false hypotheses out of 1000. In medicine, there is hardly any theory … Continue reading

Why most research will tend to be wrong?

In the paper, Ioannidis laid out a detailed mathematical proof that, assuming modest levels of researcher bias, typically imperfect research techniques, and the well-known tendency to focus on exciting rather than highly plausible theories, researchers will come up with wrong … Continue reading