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foolness commented on the word Politics in Science
Science is very political.
You have a shrinking amount of funds for research spread out amongst more researchers.
The easy way to get money is to show there is a problem.
I have seen many ethical and scientific professors with rigorous standards belittled and attacked because they attack the status quo.
Doesn't matter if their methods are better or more correct because it will ruin people's reputations or livelihoods.
No one wants to admit that their life's work is a fraud and a sham so they have a vested interest in protecting their research.
Dissenters are attacked and they try to discredit them. The more childish the attacks the less tenable the position.
January 3, 2010