Replication Crisis? (Forum for Philosophy)

The hallmark of good science is often supposed to be experiments that produce the same results when repeated. But over the last number of years, scientists have replicated a number of established, high-profile experiments and produced different results. Does it point to serious flaws and biases in the sciences? Or it is evidence of the power of science to self-correct? And what can be done to make science more replicable? We explore whether the replication crisis undermines our trust in science.


Alexander Bird
Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine, KCL
Laura Fortunato
Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford
Marcus Munafò
Professor of Biological Psychology, University of Bristol

Jonathan Birch
Fellow, Forum for Philosophy
Associate Professor of Philosophy, LSE


In association with the British Society for the Philosophy of Science