Over the last few months, I have been working on a rebuttal paper in the field of genetics + psychology and found an unbelievable number of garbage papers from well-known universities. After carefully pondering about what was going on, I came to the conclusion that too much money had been chasing too few ideas in the field. Abundance of money is the root cause of irreproducibility of much of the new era science. The areas of research flush with stupid money are seeing the highest recall rates.
Now to make things worse -
The Broad Institute today announced an unprecedented commitment of $650 million from philanthropist Ted Stanley aimed at galvanizing scientific research on psychiatric disorders and bringing new treatments based on molecular understanding to hundreds of millions of people around the world.
The Stanley commitment the largest ever in psychiatric research and among the largest for scientific research in general will support research by a collaborative network of researchers within the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute, a biomedical research institution that brings together faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the Harvard-affiliated hospitals, and collaborators worldwide.
We are back to the old medieval alchemy mentality: “The defining objectives of alchemy are varied but historically have typically included one or more of the following goals: the creation of the fabled philosopher’s stone; the ability to transform base metals into the noble metals (gold or silver); and development of an elixir of life, which would confer youth and longevity.”
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