Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Questioning the "Science Says" Attitude

A few snippets from Meredith Wadman's article, "One in three scientists confesses to having sinned", published in 2005 by the notorious scientific journal "Nature":

More than a third of US scientists, in a survey of thousands, have admitted to misbehaving in the past three years. The social scientists who carried out the study of research misconduct warn that because attention is focused on high-profile, serious cases, a broader threat from more minor deeds is being missed.

Of 3,247 early- and mid-career researchers who responded, less than 1.5% admitted to falsification or plagiarism, the most serious types of misconduct listed. But 15.5% said they had changed the design, methodology or results of a study in response to pressure from a funding source; 12.5% admitted overlooking others' use of flawed data; and 7.6% said they had circumvented minor aspects of requirements regarding the use of human subjects.

Overall, about a third admitted to at least one of the ten most serious offences on the list - a range of misbehaviours described by the authors as "striking in its breadth and prevalence".

3 comments:

  1. It is concerning, isn't it? I'm not anti-science by any means, but I think it's good to have a healthy skepticism and be diplomatic about ... a lot of things.

    And yes, I did change the template again, ha ha ha! For now I think I'm content with this one ... it's so simple that there's not much that could be wrong with it, though that also means it's lacking some quality features. At any rate, I really like it at the time and hope that DOES NOT change XD

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