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Comment author: Calorion 08 July 2017 05:28:07PM 0 points [-]

The Patri Friedman links are dead, and blocked from archive.org. Anyone have access to another archive, so I can see what he's talking about? There has got to be a better way to link. Has no one come up with a distributed archive of linked material yet?

Comment author: nirbheek 12 December 2011 01:37:05PM 1 point [-]

Isn't this why we do independent verification? As far as I know, in Physics a single experiment almost never causes people to re-examine a theory. It's quite likely that there are systemic errors that the experimentalists didn't think of. It's only after numerous independent verifications that people start looking at theories again.

Or did I miss some subtlety in the argument?

Ref: Michelson–Morley experiment (repeated several times and by several people before being accepted), and more recently the superluminal neutrino result which is currently being called an "anomaly" pending verification at other facilities[1].

  1. http://blog.vixra.org/2011/09/19/can-neutrinos-be-superluminal/
Comment author: Calorion 18 January 2016 11:04:02PM 0 points [-]

Yes, this. It simply shouldn't be necessary—ever—to loudly defy a single result. An I replicated result should not be seen as a result at all, but merely a step in the experimental process. Sadly, that's not how most people treat results.