Gee! If I were John Atkinson I would want such drivel to remain buried in the relative obscurity of time.
Here we have an editor of a magazine whose reviewers routinely give subjective reviews of CDPs, receivers, preamps, amplifiers, and even interconnects and speaker wire. JA pontificates on scientific methodology, though his reviewers have not demonstrated they can usually hear the differences between many of these products such as good CDPs, good solid state amps (nobody says most tube amps sound the same as good SS amps--and JA provides the reasons in his measurements for amplifiers), various interconnects and speaker cables. In other words, the typical procedure in many reviews is anything but scientific, and JA's assertion that Stereophile follows true scientific method is wishful thinking at best.
"By contrast, far from rejecting or perverting scientific method, Stereophile practices it in its true form: when experiments give results which contraindicate reality, the experiment is rejected, not the reality."
The trouble is that this takes our perceptions as reliable indicators of how a piece of equipment is performing without any attempt to control for human bias for overdetection of small differences. It simply ignores that our different perceptions may not reflect actual differences in the equipment.
Now, there is a way of getting around biased perception and that is doing a controlled double blind test. Even a good single blind test would be better than sighted auditioning.
To take the most egregious examples, there is no reason whatever to believe Stereophile reviewers or anyone else when they say or imply they can hear the differences between various interconnects and speaker cables, unless they 1) provide measurements showing differences large enough to hear, or 2) do controlled blind tests.
Now, you can criticize blind tests all you want (I don't think JA has valid ones, but valid or not my point is the same here), but if you reject them, that simply means there is no reason whatever to believe the reviewers can hear everything they say they can.