The life of science is a challenging title because science is alive, that is if any human activity can be said to be alive, and, like a living organism, science presents puzzles and problems to those who would exploit or domesticate it.
But on the whole and with some reservations, we rather like science.
We are certainly becoming more and more dependent on the products that science gives us.
Anything that may throw light upon it is worthy of consideration.
The only adequate historical record that we have of the rationalization of thought, affecting an entire civilization, is to be found in the documents which display the passage of the medieval into the modern way of thinking.
His labors have been primarily labors of the study, but his findings have broad implications and, now that we are so conscious of what science is doing to our way of life -- to our ancient convictions and to our future well-being -- they have acquired a certain urgency.
Ever since the Renaissance science has been growing exponentially, and today it is speeding along into the unknown faster than it has ever traveled before. Our outlook on the universe at large is being changed drastically, more drastically perhaps than we sometimes wish.
It is time for the stakeholders in science publishing to seek new, systemic approaches that comprehensively address the fundamental flaws.
The outlines of an action plan for the scientific community to generate such a process are suggested. Hames Researchers cherry-picking results to fit their hypotheses, altering images inappropriately to create cleaner and more convincing data, plagiarizing other researchers’ papers and ideas – these are quite common stories nowadays (as even a quick look at the Timothy Clark What is the role of calculations, modeling and simulation in chemistry and biology?
, even though scientists would articulate the notion differently from Donald Rumsfeld.
The methodology of science is to investigate the known unknowns, striving to reduce uncertainty, but occasionally the unexpected happens and the scientist enters the realm of unknown unknowns.