Pre-Registration as a Severe Testing Device

[Excerpts are taken from the preprint, “The Value of Preregistration for Psychological Science: A Conceptual Analysis” by Daniël Lakens, posted at PsyArXiv Preprints] What is Preregistration For? “If the only goal of a researcher is to prevent bias, it suffices…

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Philosophy of Science Meets the Statistics Wars

[From the Cambridge University Press website promoting Deborah Mayo’s new book, Statistical Inference as Severe Testing: How to Get Beyond the Statistics Wars] “Mounting failures of replication in social and biological sciences give a new urgency to critically appraising proposed reforms. This book pulls…

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Novelty Versus Prediction

[From the article, “Point of View: How should novelty be valued in science?” by Barak A. Cohen, published in the journal eLife] “Scientists are under increasing pressure to do “novel” research. Here I explore whether there are risks to overemphasizing…

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