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Random controlled trials

Scientific processes guard against common obstacles to good logical and critical thinking. Perhaps the most powerful is the random controlled trial.

Scientific thinking faces much the same obstacles as logical and critical thinking in general. Science has developed institutional or structural responses to many of those obstacles. Scientific practice includes particular processes and methods designed specifically to remove the influence of at least the more common and serious obstacles to good logical and critical thinking as done by scientists. Perhaps the most powerful of these institutional responses is the random controlled trial.

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