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 careful 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 of 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)