Tagged With reproducibility crisis

There could be a crisis in science, especially in the social and even medical sciences: Results are difficult to reproduce. Groundbreaking papers might reveal a first set of results, but attempts to repeat the studies reveal a different and sometimes even conflicting new set.

"Science" might mean something crazy to you, like groundbreaking new treatments, wild new animals, explosions in space, or crazy chemistry. But at its core, science is nothing more than ruling out hypotheses based on evidence. A new debate is flaring about one of science's important concepts: How we decide what constitutes a positive result.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.