So without her finding any particular flaw in her theory, she can be pretty sure that it’s wrong – or else already discovered.
In the same way, suppose there’s a city full of rich people who all love Thai food and are willing to pay top dollar for it.
Not long ago, swaggering companies such as Uber and Airbnb swept through cities like a wrecking ball, establishing billion-dollar businesses and vast constituencies before regulators could figure out how to rein them in. government raised new concerns about the use of telecommunications gear from Huawei Technologies, stepping back from previous assertions that the Chinese company’s products didn’t present a national security threat.
That’s changing as companies cooperate with local officials before, not after, diving in. Astronomers searching for a planet beyond Pluto discovered instead a dozen new moons orbiting Jupiter.
But if this were true, then you (or anyone else with a little money) could set up a non-broken science, make many more discoveries than everyone else, get more Nobel Prizes, earn more money from all your patents and inventions, and eventually become so prestigious and rich that everyone else admits you were right and switches to doing science your way.
There are dozens of government bodies, private institutions, and universities that could do this kind of thing if they wanted. So “science is broken” seems like the same kind of statement as “a bill has been on the floor of Grand Central Station for a week and nobody has picked it up”. Or: suppose you thought that health care is inefficient and costs way too much.