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    Great of you to point out too that where science is exploring wildly new terrain there will be missteps of corse but that the job of science is to then correct them.  That's what happened here.   I wish the general public understood that science isn't about always being right, it is as much about always correcting where we are collectively wrong if that's what the data show.  

    Fabulous !

    Courtesy Kos. Trying to call on the better angels of our nature.

    by Mindful Nature on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 10:45:16 AM PDT

    •  Thanks. (11+ / 0-)

      I get so disillusioned by many of my colleague's insistence that you have to publish in Science, Nature, or Cell to be important.  Sure, there is a lot of groundbreaking science published in those journals, but there also is a lot of things that are proven to be incorrect (that's ok, that's what science is about, repetition and verification).  Or... things that are completely fabricated because of the "need" to get published in one of those top journals.

      And when journals state they don't want to publish direct contradictions to papers, to me that flies in the face of literally the first thing I ever learned about science way back in freakin' elementary school - that science, to be demonstrated as correct, needs to be repeated and repeated again.  And then repeated some more.

      But the current system is set up to only want novel things all the time, and then no one takes time to verify.

      Meh, no wonder I want to go to industry when I'm finished with my thesis.

      "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

      by mconvente on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 10:54:28 AM PDT

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