So, it turns out that scientists are…
wait for it…
Or, just guess how it ends. Here’s your first clue:
“We tried to replicate those findings precisely by talking to the authors and trying to repeat the experiments in an identical fashion,” Perrin says. “And what we found was that we couldn’t replicate a lot of the experiments.”
And here’s the finale:
So scientists are too eager to seize on hopeful results, and not skeptical enough about their own work.
Both of the above from this article on how one group failed to replicate 90% of published scientific results.