“Sometimes research just has to start somewhere, and subject itself to criticism and potential improvement.”

Pointing to this careful news article by Monica Beyer, “Controversial study links pollution with bipolar, depression,” Mark Tuttle writes:

Sometimes potentially important things are hard, or even very hard.

Sometimes research just has to start somewhere, and subject itself to criticism and potential improvement.

I think this kind of thing supports our desire for high levels of transparency, difficult though that it may be in these circumstances.

I agree.