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Monday, May 18, 2009

Ethics In Science

Any of us who have worked in science long enough, and hold a clear definition of ethics, have probably witnessed instances of unethical behavior in science, ranging from the 'massaging' of data to outright fraud. Getting a feel for just how prevalent unethical behavior is, is a more difficult matter, and certainly some fields are more prone to it than others. But like business and politics, science is very much a human activity, and as such is far from the pristine, objective endeavor lay people too often envision it to be...

Below, an interesting NY Times piece on competition in science; ethical or otherwise (several of the followup 'comments' interesting as well):


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