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Scientific progress is like doing a puzzle, not building a wall

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 July 2018

Alexa M. Tullett
Department of Psychology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0348. alexa.tullett@gmail.com
Simine Vazire
Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis, California 95616. svazire@ucdavis.edu


We contest the “building a wall” analogy of scientific progress. We argue that this analogy unfairly privileges original research (which is perceived as laying bricks and, therefore, constructive) over replication research (which is perceived as testing and removing bricks and, therefore, destructive). We propose an alternative analogy for scientific progress: solving a jigsaw puzzle.

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