Thought for the month

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” Ovid, Roman Poet (43 BC – 17 AD).

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Science fixes?

Are most papers generated for the advancement of careers rather than advancement of human knowledge? Should research funding be allocated by lottery? Do we reward splashy results over rigorous methodology? Not random ramblings but ideas from a thought provoking article based on the responses of 270 (predominantly) biomedical and social scientists in the USA. It aims to identify perceived problems facing science and offers fixes for each. A small, limited survey but it certainly raises questions and probably has lessons and ideas for a much wider community.

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