The Last Theory
The Last Theory
The Last Theory
    Episode #045    
24 August 2023
Peer review
is suffocating science

You know peer review, right?

It’s the way academics check each other’s research papers.

It ensures that only the good ones are published and prevents the bad ones from getting through.



Peer review does precisely the opposite of what you think it does.

It prevents the good papers from being published, and ensures that only the bad ones get through.

Peer review is suffocating science.

If we want to reverse the stagnation of science over the last 50 years, then we’ve got to get rid of peer review.

I highly recommend you read Adam Mastroianni’s splendid article The rise and fall of peer review

I first heard Adam’s ideas about peer review in his conversation Adam Mastroianni on Peer Review and the Academic Kitchen with Russ Roberts on EconTalk

Why has there been no progress in physics since 1973?

Scientific papers:


The Wolfram Physics Project:

My projects:

Image of Adam Mastroianni by permission from Adam Mastroianni

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