AoKs/WoKs: Ethics, natural sciences
1. How important is the scientific method in both providing us with knowledge, and contributing to our wider society?
2. Why is it considered so serious when scientists do not adhere to it?
3. Do scientists have extra ethical responsibilities due to the knowledge they deal with?
Category & link: Article
Description: The shocking case of Edward Erin, whose actions during the trial of a new drug to treat asthma led to injury and death, provides an extreme example of what happens when the scientific method is not adhered to, and when confirmation bias take over.
Source: The Economist