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The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists

The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists
Science is in big trouble. Or so we’re told. In the past several years, many scientists have become afflicted with a serious case of doubt — doubt in the very institution of science. As reporters covering medicine, psychology, climate change, and other areas of research, we wanted to understand this epidemic of doubt. So we sent scientists a survey asking this simple question: If you could change one thing about how science works today, what would it be and why? We heard back from 270 scientists all over the world, including graduate students, senior professors, laboratory heads, and Fields Medalists. The scientific process, in its ideal form, is elegant: Ask a question, set up an objective test, and get an answer. But nowadays, our respondents told us, the process is riddled with conflict. Today, scientists' success often isn't measured by the quality of their questions or the rigor of their methods. Scientists often learn more from studies that fail. Many scientists have had enough.

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