E&E Webinar: Science Fictions: Some Cautionary Tales from the Replication Crisis

Why is there a Replication Crisis? That is, why are there so many findings in the published scientific literature that can't be replicated, or are exaggerated far beyond reality? There are four proximal reasons, and they are: fraud, bias, negligence, and hype. In this talk, I'll discuss all four, giving examples, and will also discuss the ultimate reason for the Crisis, which is to do with our current academic system and its incentives. I'll also propose some potential solutions that might put science back on track.


Stuart Ritchie is a Lecturer in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King's College London. His research interests are in human intelligence and cognitive development, and also in the Replication Crisis and meta-science. His book Science Fictions: Exposing Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype in Science, is available now.