1 In 7 Scientists Fake Data


I’m here to tell you its a hell of a lot more than that.

The Times Online reports:

Faking scientific data and failing to report commercial conflicts of interest are far more prevalent than previously thought, a study suggests.

One in seven scientists says that they are aware of colleagues having seriously breached acceptable conduct by inventing results. And around 46 per cent say that they have observed fellow scientists engage in “questionable practices”, such as presenting data selectively or changing the conclusions of a study in response to pressure from a funding source.

However, when scientists were asked about their own behaviour only 2 per cent admitted to having faked results.

Daniele Fanelli, of the University of Edinburgh, who carried out the investigation, believes that high-profile cases such as that of Hwang Woo-Suk, the South Korean scientist disgraced for fabricating human stem cell data, are less unusual than is generally assumed. “Increasing evidence suggests that known frauds are just the tip of the iceberg and that many cases are never discovered,” he said.

Certain sciences are more prone to corruption than others.  As I’ve highlighted in numerous posts, the theoretical sciences are the worst offenders.  Scientists in the theoretical sciences such as global warming or cosmology have no incentive to adhere to reality and every incentive to exaggerate claims and make wild assumptions.

In fact, they typically get more research funding if they create some kind of scare or promote some wild story.  Just like the media, they lie like a bunch of thieving criminals constantly.