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    Conservatism and the Scientific State of Nature
    British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 67 (4): 1057-1076. 2016.
    Those who comment on modern scientific institutions are often quick to praise institutional structures that leave scientists to their own devices. These comments reveal an underlying presumption that scientists do best when left alone—when they operate in what we call the ‘scientific state of nature’. Through computer simulation, we challenge this presumption by illustrating an inefficiency that arises in the scientific state of nature. This inefficiency suggests that one cannot simply presume t…Read more
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    Opinion: Reproducibility failures are essential to scientific inquiry
    with A. David Redish, Rebecca Morris, and Alan Love
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (20): 5042-5046. 2018.
    Current fears of a “reproducibility crisis” have led researchers, sources of scientific funding, and the public to question both the efficacy and trustworthiness of science. Suggested policy changes have been focused on statistical problems, such as p-hacking, and issues of experimental design and execution. However, “reproducibility” is a broad concept that includes a number of issues. Furthermore, reproducibility failures occur even in fields such as mathematics or computer science that do not…Read more