The Decline Effect, Ctd

Daniel Holz revisits an old Jonah Lehrer piece on problems with the scientific method. PZ Myers raised concerns back then and wasn't satisfied with Lehrer's response. Holz emphasizes why he thinks it's important to correct the record:

So there’ll be a bunch of people out there who misread or cherry-pick the article (Deepak Chopra: “Watch out, the truth is slipping away”), and end up convinced that the scientific method is broken. And they won’t vaccinate their children, and they’ll make important life decisions based on their horoscopes, and they’ll continue to believe that the world is magic. The scientific method is healthy and well. The problem is a society that, to a surprising degree, doesn’t pay much attention to it. And this article is a brilliant example of how things go wrong.