In the News (from PLOS ONE): “How Many Scientists Fabricate and Falsify Research?” – A popular view propagated by the media and by many scientists sees fraudsters as just a “few bad apples.” This pristine image of science is based on the theory that the scientific community is guided by norms including disinterestedness and organized skepticism, which are incompatible with misconduct. Increasing evidence, however, suggests that known frauds are just the “tip of the iceberg”, and that many cases are never discovered. …misconduct was reported more frequently by medical/pharmacological researchers than others.
…it is likely that, if on average 2% of scientists admit to have falsified research at least once and up to 34% admit other questionable research practices, the actual frequencies of misconduct could be higher than this.
My Comment: Egoism coupled with science makes science an instrument of evil! That is why the great scientists of the past, Plato and Aristotle, were against dissemination of science to the masses and accepted only “egoistically corrected” students. (See Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Book, The Tree of Life”)
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