Is Most Published Research Wrong?

Without integrity, science rapidly becomes worthless, just another political powergame.

The vast majority of wealthy Western Christians are just not interested in demanding integrity, preferring to hide, or go-along-to-get-along.

This is going to have to change.

The middle of the Covid-19 pandemic is not an auspicious moment to cast doubt upon the reliability of scientific research. However, writing in a BMJ blog, Richard Smith, who was editor of the prestigious medical journal The BMJ until 2004, launched a withering attack, saying that the system is riddled with fraudulent studies.

“It may be time to move from assuming that research has been honestly conducted and reported to assuming it to be untrustworthy until there is some evidence to the contrary,” he says.

Dr Smith does not mention the pandemic, but it would come as no surprise if Covid-19 research did not have its own problems. A study published in the journal Scientometrics found that 87,000 papers had been published about Covid-19 between the beginning of the pandemic and October last year. Tens of thousands must have been added to that figure by now. The highly-respected blog Retraction Watch is keeping a tally of retracted Covid-19 papers – so far there are well over 100.

In a recent webinar (see below) conducted by Cochrane, an independent group which reviews healthcare data, Professor Ian Roberts, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said that he has become sceptical about all systematic reviews, particularly those that are mostly reviews of multiple small trials.

The gold standard for fraud is a Japanese researcher in anaesthetics, Yoshitaka Fujii, of Toho University. By the time he came unstuck about 10 years ago, he had published around 200 articles – and 183 of them have been retracted because he had falsified the data. “If someone can publish 183 fabricated trials,” said Roberts, “the problem is not with him, the problem is with the system.”

There’s a bad smell coming from medical research
by Michael Cook

I’m pretty sure that this problem of corrupt science will diminish — not end, only diminish in importance — when the government flood of Free Money into health systems shrinks into a trickle.

(The end of prostituting scientific journals for political ends will be a slower process, as the editors are really, really eager to sell out. But the day when their legitimacy is just so much dust is coming as well.)

The end of the medical guild system — the modern Trust Us priesthood — will help.

Naturally, this will have to be coupled with all medical professionals (and medical businesses!) facing full liability for the unlawful/unjustified harm inflicted on one (1) life.

You know, just like the Mundane Commoners are held responsible for the end of one (1) human life.

Something for Christians to work for, hmm?

There is only One Law.

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