“ It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible ” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray Continuing my archaeology of the present, I headed out of Geddes Quadrangle toward Small’s Wynd where, closely encroached by other structures stood…
It is no doubt a good thing that we hear of scientific fraud, academic plagiarism and medical malpractice in the name of research, but we would do well to remember that these are just sophisticated names for the eternal crimes of theft and assault. Can we really hope for better science if we can’t hope for better people?
“Slow Scientists” call for unlimited time to think. But perhaps they should be careful what they wish for.
Is it not time that science metrics shift their focus from what is worthy of attention to who has a good track record of solving problems and what information in the literature can be regarded as trustworthy because successful problem solvers have successfully relied upon it?
Given the ready availability of web-hosted self-publishing, what does the fact that so many academic researchers still choose to publish in premium-priced journals tell us about their priorities?