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The National Institute of Replicating Discoveries, Y’all (NIRDY)

Sometimes when you say something on Twitter people respond. People don’t respond that much to what I have to say but, now and then, there’s enough of a reaction to help me realize that an idea was meaningful beyond the moment it popped into my mind and made its way onto the keyboard. So, thanks to those people for starting the conversation.

The idea I had today is that some scientific disciplines could benefit from more replication. And what better way to do it than to have Big Brother audit your science and see if they can replicate in their lab what you did in yours. The idea stemmed from my own feelings about my field. I’ve had serious thoughts lately about trying to replicate a couple findings that have had a lot of influence in the field. They’re important findings. They reveal key functions of new neurons that could be relevant for human health. For this reason the whole field is aware of them, cites them, uses them as justification for additional research. Sooo, then why haven’t they been replicated?   Continue reading The National Institute of Replicating Discoveries, Y’all (NIRDY)

Old news gets the shaft

I was recently reading a number of old papers on memory and synaptic tagging and found myself wondering whether they were bloggable. My instincts said yes but the more I thought about it the more I realized they’re several years old and that is ancient by the standards of Twitter and the blogosphere*. I enjoyed reading them but would my readers enjoy them? Is it useful to report on “old” science? If it is then why is it so rare? Continue reading Old news gets the shaft