The State of Science in 2021

How the Pandemic Is Changing the Norms of Science, by John P.A. Ioannidis

That is one wild piece, wow. Especially considering the source. The mobs haven’t been able to get Ioannidis yet, so he’s still speaking and publishing freely. I’ve heard him in several interviews, and he can sound surprisingly emphatic given his generally friendly demeanor. But I’ve never read such strong language from such a scientist before. I was going to quote a few bits to illustrate some points but there are just too many and they build on each other. You have to read the entire article in context. It’s unnerving — because it’s not over the top. It’s all perfectly rational if you’ve been following life during the last 18 months. I read the article twice. Slowly. And then I read it again. I should be shocked. Most people who followed science back during the normal times would be. But, sadly, I’m not shocked. Not any more. It’s normal now.

My only nit is that the subtext of the piece feels like all that bad stuff took place in the past “during the pandemic” — as if the “pandemic” is over and now we have a big job to pick up the pieces and fix science. I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s over. Not even close.

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