But beyond these circumstances there is the fundamental question of whether scientific researchers are more interested in promoting their work for funding and personal agendas than they are in actually learning and developing fields of knowledge.
However, it seems that chickens are coming home to roost:
Study: American public doesn't trust scientistsExcerpt .... So a Psychologist and Public Affairs Professor says that the way to address mistrust caused by the perception of agenda-driven science and featherbedding is by pushing an environmentalist agenda and slick talking. Riiiight. Good idea. Maybe the public's concern about the monomaniacal thirst for grant funding is right, and warps how science is done? From an old post of mine, Make Big Money doing climate research from home: Well, I don't know about the "work from home" part, and whether you need to stuff envelopes, but the money's sweet: $79B since 1989, just from the US Fed.Gov. Add in the fellow traveler Euro.Govs and you've maybe doubled that. Note that's "B" as in "Billion". Skim a lot off the top for Department of Energy and other bureaucrats, and there's plenty of cold hard cash, as long as you toe the line Or perhaps it's an awareness that scientists are not playing straight with the public?
Thanks BP ...
Strongly Related: Sultan Knish ... Science is for Stupid People (not what you may think!)