Science is meant to pursue truth and self-correct, but the model helps explain why science sometimes veers in the wrong direction, says Cailin O’Connor, a philosopher of science at UC Irvine who wasn’t involved with the work. The simulations … reflect fields like psychology, animal research, and medicine more than others, she says. But the patterns ought to be similar across disciplines: “It’s not based on some tricky little details of the model.”
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