When science isn’t science-based: In class with Dr. John Ioannidis

Last week at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. John Ioannidis – a Stanford professor and Science-ish hero – told a room filled with Harvard doctors (and one journalist) that they can’t trust most of the research findings science has to offer. “In science, we are very eager to make big stories, big claims,” he opened his lecture, with a mischievous grin. “The question is: are those claims accurate?”

According to Ioannidis, the answer – at least most of the time – is an unequivocal ‘no.’ Read more

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