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

“New Truths That Only One Can See.” By Julia Belluz, Maclean’s Science-ish.

At the Harvard School of Public Health, Stanford professor Dr. John Ioannidis 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.’ He gave students an overview, including:

  • Why every diet supposedly causes cancer
  • Why most published research findings are false
  • Why you need to be cautious about early studies with big claims
  • How to make science less science-ish
  • Why science, if flawed, is still the best alternative

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