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Reproducibility

This is all part of the general problem of poor reproducibility of social science studies, which is apparently causing a bit of a crisis. Lots of experiments turn out to give very different results when conducted by different groups.

It would seem social sciences are roughly where the physical sciences were in the 18th century. Phlogiston lasted as long as it did because different workers got different weight gains - or loss - on heating of substances due to factors ranging from impure materials through retorts losing weight on heating to researchers actually not realising they needed to capture the smoke.

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