One thought on “I’m a scientist… get me funded!

  1. Tough topic this one. As a tax-payer, I don’t want scientists to waste my money, or fund things which I regard as frivolous or unethical. But, as a scientist myself, I do suspect that the ‘public’ can be too easily manipulated by the media. I particularly remember the ‘scandal’ of the emails from the climate-change centre at the University of East Anglia. Non-scientists were out-raged by the talk, by the scientists, of tricks to manipulate their figures, not realising that we use the term ‘trick’ to mean something neat or clever, not fraudulent!
    I’m not sure there is a good middle ground. Maybe, as always, it comes down to getting a better educate public – poor teachers, yet another task to lay at your door.

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