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Professor Gary Marcus has an article in the New Yorker, “Cleaning Up Science“, that makes an excellent follow-up to a TED Tuesday posting a while back on “What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe”.

A basic outline:

  1. Restructure the incentives in science.
  2. Encourage people to publish studies that fail, as well those that succeed.

  3. Recognize that no single study ever proves anything.

  4. Promote meta-analysis.
  5. Create an ethical code.
  6. Give science some cops.