Saturday, February 26, 2011

On integrity

I recently got to witness, first-hand, how someone's ego is so all-consuming, that they would be unwilling to admit a mistake they made to the extent that they'd let it go into records and eventual publication unaltered, just because they do not want to admit they were wrong. And that is how scientific malpractice can take form. If someone like a post-doc can be so full of themselves, one can only imagine how wide-spread and worse this kind of mentality is as one goes higher up, and leads to a lot of false and irreproducible results that get published. It may not make a difference to the bigger picture, but having come upon a mistake, don't you just fix it and move on? I am plain disgusted and put off.

3 comments:

satish said...

this observation is definitely more generic in nature.

lets hope that the system doesnt get the best of us.

Calvin said...

We have examples of Afghanistan war and Iraq war in front of us :)

Calvin said...

And on a lighter note, Dhoni persisting with Ravindra Jadeja in the team for more than a year...