In case you missed it earlier this week, Christie Aschwanden from fivethirtyeight.com published a superb article challenging the perceived reproducibility and retraction problems of current science. It’s a long piece about the scientific method and statistics, complete with wonderful interactive tools for p-value hacking. In the post, the Center for Open Science’s Brian Nosek describes science as operating, “as a procedure of uncertainty reduction. The goal is to get less wrong over time.”
That reminded me of the video below, a 2012 conversation between two favorites here at The Scholarly Kitchen, author Neil Gaiman and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. In this segment, they discuss the differences between science and religion, and failed notion of “the God of the Gaps” (the idea that anything science can’t currently explain must be supernatural). Plus you’ll learn why the end of the rainbow is a really good place to hide a pot of gold.