In this piece, prof. dr. Tom Postmes offers his opinion on the safety policy in Groningen. He concludes that in his attempt to prevent a paper-and-pencil disaster, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate ignores an existing disaster.
Science is in crisis, and there are many initiatives for how to improve it. The solutions that are proposed risk being counterproductive. They overemphasize the importance of good data and rigorous hypothesis testing, and devalue other factors in the advancement of knowledge.