It Doesn’t Pay to Be Right. -Raven W.

Throughout reading chapter eight, I have come to a realization that the research journals, and papers that have gone out for everyone to read, most likely has wrong information and many aren’t doing anything about it. This not only confuses me but also makes me question, what have I been reading and who let this happen? That was a surprise to me because as someone who would like a career in the science field, I don’t want to read misleading information and have that effect myself and many others future as Female face behing pile of papercareful or the most important.” (Pg. 175) Upon reading that quote and further reading into that page, it explained how the more flashier journals will get the most attention but is not thoroughly written with the correct scientific information. Now that I understood, a lot of people are more likely to pick up something and read it, if it has flashier information instead of the correct information. Even though I understand why this situation happens, I definitely don’t agree with it.

            “Outright fraud also creeps into science, just as any other human endeavor.”(Pg.179) I never thought that anyone would ever cheat in the science industry. I always thought some may have gotten the wrong information but simply fixed it in the end, but cheating just hasn’t crossed my mind . If I were one of the scientist that was quoted in the book, I would probably be as angry as they are. On page 180, there was an example ofman cheating on test how someone cheated, and even though they did so, the punishment for this is generally mild. Someone cheating in the science field could easily ruin someone else’s career, so why are they only getting mild punishment for this action? After reading all of the information that has been given about the science industry, I shouldn’t be surprised at this point. If scientist are getting away with giving wrong information to the public, then of course they would make it even worse by cheating.

Everything that I have read in this book has not only been interesting to learn but disappointing to hear. I soon hope that these problems will stop for the sake of the public, myself and my peers who would like to see themselves in the science industry. This tells everyone that you don’t have to be right or do the right things to get to the top too be the best in the science industry. With that, I’m going to end this with a quote that through reading not only the chapter but the book, I completely agree with. “It doesn’t necessarily pay to be right. It actually pays to be sloppy and just cut corners and get there first. Thats wrong. That’s really wrong.” (Pg.172)

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  1. Raven,
    I found what you wrote about very saddening as well as surprising. I agree with you when you state, “I don’t want to read misleading information and have that effect myself and many others future..” I find it horrid that people choose to read what catches their eye, not what shares true data. This just shows how far we need to recover so that science can also. I liked the way you shared your view on cheating as if you were one of the scientist quoted in “Rigor Mortis.” That really allowed me to see what you felt toward the matter. Though I question, how would you resolve the issue of scientist cheating?; what plan would scientist have to take?
    – Dignity B

  2. I agree with you Raven on so many levels. I believe that knowing that scientist are basically humans we trust with our lives and health that we should at least be getting the right information, information that hasn’t been cheated and that will give us a safe recovery to wellness. I also share the same thoughts with you on the punishments for cheating science. I believe that not only should they receive a more consequential punishment than the ones that they are receiving I think that there should be even more protocol on how easily things can be published out to the public. I would love to know what your thoughts are on the punishments that you think these scientist that are breaking the rules should be? Good job over all on your post I enjoyed reading it and connecting with you.
    -Daniela P.

  3. Raven,
    After reading your reflection on chapter eight “A Broken Culture” I 100% agree with your opinion on this situation. I also think its crazy how as scientists they are setting a bad example for students who want to be in the science field… They have made cheating and giving wrong information out to the public seem “Normal”. What has our society come to? Full of lies and short cuts to “Be the best” but that is all wrong. I hope my peers and I who hope to be in the science field make it and do it right. Lastly, I really like the way you ended your reflection, such a strong finishing touch. Nicely done Raven!

  4. Raven,
    After reading your reflection on chapter eight “A Broken Culture” I 100% agree with your opinion on this situation. I also think its crazy how as scientists they are setting a bad example for students who want to be in the science field… They have made cheating and giving wrong information out to the public seem “Normal”. What has our society come to? Full of lies and short cuts to “Be the best” but that is all wrong. I hope my peers and I who hope to be in the science field make it and do it right. Lastly, I really like the way you ended your reflection, such a strong finishing touch. Nicely done Raven!
    -Brenda H

  5. Raven,
    After reading your post on chapter eight, I completely agree with your post and opinion. I think that we are taught that you get punished for cheating in schools and when we’re young, but there’s no teacher or parent to punish us we’re adults, so these scientists are finding that by cheating, they can win. They are showing young adults striving to be scientists that you can do the wrong thing and come out on top. They can win by cheating, and can keep giving that wrong information out to the public, which can be dangerous. I think you did a great job of portraying your opinion in your reflection and you were very good and making points with the evidence from the book. Great job!
    -Ellie L

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