“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool.” —Richard Feynman
“Sometimes the things you can do to cause the most rapid appearance of short-term progress can undermine long-term development.” — David Epstein
On January 2nd, Arnold made headlines after announcing she and her co-authors retracted a paper that was published in the prestigious journal Science in May of 2019, 7 months after winning the Nobel Prize.
Today’s episode of The Qualys is from podcast #32 – Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D.: new frontiers in cancer therapy, medicine, and the writing process.
This story serves to remind me that we are not wired to think scientifically. Full stop. It is the quintessential human flaw. But scientific thinking is a skill to be practiced and improved upon.
If that weren’t enough to set me off, consider the overall weakness of this study, and the choice of the word “proven” borders on journalistic manslaughter.