Among the other motivators for science, the need to control, the drive to understand, and the desire for beauty, the craving of success over fellow scientists is distasteful, to say the least. The acquisition of knowledge based on a competition is greedy; Watson wanted to understand DNA not for curiosity, not for the advancement of science for everyone, but to beat
Destructive Competition Exposed in Cantor's Dilemma Competition is often useful as a means of motivation. However, in the scientific world, competition has the potential to cause many scientists to forget their main purpose in research. The main goal of scientific research is to develop knowledge that will better society. When scientists work together to help each other reach a common goal, science is working as it should.
“The scientists and dignitaries representing the attending countries berated Fathom calling him a disgrace to the name of science and they excommunicated him from the International Council of Prominent Scientists. This is believed to have caused a quiet rage develop within Doctor Fathom for the next ten years that he took it upon himself at this very instance to murder the scientists and dignitaries. Over the course of 24 hours, 6 scientists and 2 dignitaries were murdered by Fathom and his army of men” he continued.
This discussion focuses on two issues: the relationship between evidence and hypotheses; and, the role of "contextual" values in inquiry. Longino contrasts contextual values with constitutive values. The latter, the "values generated from an understanding of the goals of scientific inquiry," "are the source of the rules determining what constitutes acceptable scientific practice or scientific method" (L1990, 4). That these values influence inquiry is not a problem. But the former, "personal, social, and cultural values," are thought to threaten the integrity of scientific inquiry (L1990, 4-5).
Regardless of the reason or type of approach employed, it is never tolerable for a person to adjust or slant results from research to arrive at any particular conclusion; for such actions can have disastrous consequences to others. Also, the issue of ethics becomes a f...
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Alan Chalmer’s controversial description of scientific method is, in many ways, in opposition to Karl Popper’s hypothetico-deductivist account, otherwise known as falsificationism. In this essay, I will elaborate on the various conflicts that the Popperian view has with Chalmer’s account. I think that Chalmer and Popper have common ground on which they have built their views but that while each are imperfect, I support the Popperian hypothetico-deductivist account as the predominant view at present. I shall justify this in my proposed objections to Chalmer’s statements but also highlight the shortcomings of falsificationism. I will assume that science is rational.