Most published research findings are false.1 That’s why papers can claim one thing one day, based on “science”, only to make a 180-degree turn the next day.
There’s obviously a need for more rigor in research and that’s the topic of Richard Harris’ book, Rigor Mortis. Here’s some of his best advice:
When you read something, take it with a grain of salt. Even the best science can be misleading, and often what you’re reading is not the best science.
- Slate: Science Is Broken. How Much Should We Fix It?
- New York Post: Medical Studies Are Almost Always Bogus