across the door of its headquarters in London its motto is carved in stone

ben goldacre:

The Royal Society is one of the oldest scientific institutions in the world. Across the door of its headquarters in London, its motto is carved in stone: nullius in verba. This is Latin, inevitably, meaning “on the word of no one.”

Because scientists don’t care if you wear a white coat, or how many letters you have after your name. We want to know what you did in your experiment, in detail. We want to know what you measured, and what the results were. Then we want to pore over details, to see if we can find any holes, and decide if we agree with your conclusions. If scientists have any legitimate authority in the world, it flows entirely from this transparency about the methods and results of our experiments.

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