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Collegiality and careerism ruin science?

Hey, not us who said it. For once.

From a peer-reviewed journal:

Abstract: Funding agencies (and journals) seem to be discriminating against ideas that are contrary to the mainstream, leading to leading to the preferential funding of predictable and safe research over radically new ideas. To remedy this problem a restructuring of the scientific funding system is needed, e.g. by utilizing laymen–together with scientists–to evaluate grant proposals.

Materialists, is there anyone you actually have to answer to, given that certainly it isn’t the taxpayer?

Maybe we got that one figured. Materialists pay and taxpayers don’t take their calls.

Hat tip: Stephanie West Allen at Brains on Purpose

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2 Responses to Collegiality and careerism ruin science?

  1. Denyse,

    In a comment on another OP I quoted someone from Jerry Coyne’s website about this. One of Coyne’s commentors was making a point that epigenetics was being held back by the mainstream academic establishment and used the phrase

    “academic auto-censure”

    to describe the phenomena.

    So we have another term to describe what academics do.

  2. Materialists, is there anyone you actually have to answer to, given that certainly it isn’t the taxpayer?

    As their bosses are probably taxpayers, like themselves, I guess they actually do answer to the taxpayer.

    Where does the materialists-reference come from? I couldn’t find anything on materialism in the paper.

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