Can we trust scientific literature? A recent report by The Lancet says we can’t, with the report stating “a lot” of scientific studies that are published are incorrect. This is just confirming what can already be seen happening in scientific circles.
More and more scientists are coming forward to reveal their research or that of their colleagues has been falsified. Dr. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, says:
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”
Let’s face it: Is The Lancet ‘revelation’ really a surprise to anyone?
Considering that many studies published in scientific journals are funded by drug companies for the purpose of developing drugs and vaccines, this should not be particularly surprising. The companies that fund these studies want to get their products to market as soon as possible.
Therefore, publishing favorable results of their studies in scientific journals makes them look good and helps big pharma sell more drugs. Whether the published findings are accurate or not is secondary to making money in these sponsored studies.