Dear V-8 Buick observers of the scientific process,
This morning there is a news article on Good Morning Silicon Valley about Ex-Lawrence Livermore Lab scientist sentenced to prison over faking research data to get U.S. grants:
It is of course a single isolated act. It isn't true that all scientists falsify data. Nonetheless it should make a point that academia and scientific research institutions should take to heart. The assumption is that the quest for truth is somehow self-regulating. Nobody engaged in the process of scientific inquiry could possibility lie or be dishonest. Yet, this is nothing more than naive wishful thinking.
It should cause everyone to shuffle the order of importance in human activity. Today, we take for granted morality while we hold science and technology in high esteem. Everyone should instead be very consciously seeking a moral and ethical world - first. Without it, there is nothing science or technology could do to save us.
A somber and sobering thought on the Winter Solstice and just a few days from a holiday when we all should be pondering such things.