Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com
From the National Association of Scholars via an article in the Wall Street Journal.
Policy makers often cite research to justify their rules, but many of those studies wouldn’t replicate
Half the results published in peer-reviewed scientific journals are probably wrong. John Ioannidis, now a professor of medicine at Stanford, made headlines with that claim in 2005. Since then, researchers have confirmed his skepticism by trying—and often failing—to reproduce many influential journal articles. Slowly, scientists are internalizing the lessons of this irreproducibility crisis. But what about government, which has been making policy for generations without confirming that the science behind it is valid?