Thursday, September 23, 2010
Fraud in Science
As I read more cases of papers being retracted etc. wonder what the fun is in manipulating results or falsifying data? I mean, if you falsified data and made up your conclusion, what fun is left in doing science? Where is the waiting, the guess work, the planning, the troubleshooting? And what do you get at the end of it- a paper in a high profile journal? How does it affect your science and your life after that? Do you continue to build on your faked data- thereby living in falsehood, or do you work always being aware of your dirty secret, and being mindful of it? If its the first, then, again, how long can you keep doing that? If you try to keep it in mind and go about working on it, doesn't it get confusing? How do you keep track of what you can assume and what you cannot, knowing that there is this body of faked work out there and probably spawning off other wrongly designed experiments and results? Such a mess. And for what purpose?