Feynman Saw The Hockey Team Coming

Feynman would have been completely disgusted by Mike’s Nature Trick and Hansen’s data tampering. He was an expert at uncovering fraud and misbehavior at NASA.

There is one feature I notice that is generally missing in “cargo cult science.” It’s a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of utter honesty — a kind of leaning over backwards. For example, if you’re doing an experiment, you should report everything that you think might make it invalid — not only what you think is right about it; other causes that could possibly explain your results; and things you thought of that you’ve eliminated by some other experiment, and how they worked — to make sure the other fellow can tell they have been eliminated.

Details that could throw doubt on your interpretation must be given, if you know them. You must do the best you can — if you know anything at all wrong, or possibly wrong — to explain it. If you make a theory, for example, and advertise it, or put it out, then you must also put down all the facts that disagree with it, as well as those that agree with it. There is also a more subtle problem. When you have put a lot of ideas together to make an elaborate theory, you want to make sure, when explaining what it fits, that those things it fits are not just the things that gave you the idea for the theory; but that the finished theory makes something else come out right, in addition.

In summary, the idea is to try to give all of the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another.

“Cargo Cult Science”, adapted from a commencement address given at Caltech (1974)

Richard Feynman – Wikiquote

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2 Responses to Feynman Saw The Hockey Team Coming

  1. tckev says:

    The great man also said -
    “No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literacy or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race.”
    (Richard Feynman, The Uncertainty of Values, The Meaning of it All)

  2. johnmcguire says:

    Back in those brighter days , many in leadership still acknowledged the existence of God and realized there were consequences for actions. Today the leadership thinks they can get away with anything ; and so far they have.

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