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Corrupted Science
by John Grant

The subtitle of this book is "Fraud, ideology, and politics in science," which pretty much sums it up. It's a compilation of the worst in my field.

This is possibly the most depressing book I've read in several years. Like most of my colleagues, I tend to be fairly idealistic about the scientific community. From my earliest days, I was taught that scientists were seekers of the facts, that all they wanted to do was understand how the world around us works. I've always wanted that to be true, and I still think it is for most of us. But there are many for whom science is just another path to self-aggrandizement or the promotion of their cherished ideas, whether the data support them or not. Grim reading, indeed. I'm going to keep it on my bookshelf. If nothing else, it will serve as a reminder that we are merely human and subject to the same frailties as everyone else.

Date: 2008-03-13 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarcobatus.livejournal.com
I will need to read this book!

Date: 2008-03-15 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deliabarry.livejournal.com
It's definitely worth it!

Date: 2008-03-13 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] artykat.livejournal.com
You really need to go to the author's live journal and see what he wrote, as he found your comments! I always think that is so much fun when an author or artist comments about our journal entries. See [livejournal.com profile] realthog

Date: 2008-03-15 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deliabarry.livejournal.com
Oh my gosh! Thanks for the tip!

Date: 2008-03-13 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] realthog.livejournal.com

Oh! I find others have got here before me . . .

Across at http://realthog.livejournal.com/31715.html I've been thanking you for the mention of the book. Thanks again here!

Date: 2008-03-16 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] artykat.livejournal.com
Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] realthog, I thought you would have said something by now. Didn't mean to steal your thunder!

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