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The decline effect and the scientific method : The New Yorker

An excellent discussion of meta-analysis, publication bias, and how statistics can be viewed as a kind of ontology (the original definition, namely the study of existence/reality/truth). 

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/12/13/101213fa_fact_lehrer?currentPage=1

Extra points for including a description of a funnel plot, and quotes from John Ioannidis.

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