Hello subscribers, I have just released Hackademics II, which is essentially a report and analysis of the reproducibility/replication crisis in the social sciences. Hopefully you will learn some things even if you follow this topic closely, I know I did. There is a backstory to the creation of this piece that I wanted to share with the readers of this blog. In this first season, as you may know, I’ve covered a lot of topics, about war, death, God, music, and gender. Many of these, in my mind, were far more controversial than something as geeky as replication in science, which to my mind is really about the epistemology of the statistical sciences.
But I was wrong. Of all the stories I have done this season, including what is to come, this was the piece that has created the most turmoil, before I even finished collecting all of the interviews. As a result, I’ve tried to be really careful in the episode. But even given that, I know I am going to make mistakes in it, and if so, I will correct them and re-upload the new audio. I was really surprised by all this blowback. I didn’t expect it or understand it. I just wanted to say that if you listen to it, it is a good faith attempt at trying to uncover the epistemological issues I found most interesting about the current state of the statistical sciences. That was the only goal. I also came away from the story hopeful that, once the dust settles, the whole of the social and medical sciences will be a stronger.