by Rocky Mountain Stepmom
Here’s a discouraging article from the Chronicle of Higher Ed on the way funding agencies can manipulate science. From the article:
I am very concerned about the culture of academia in this country and the perverse incentives that are given to young faculty. The pressures to get funding are just extraordinary. We’re all on this hedonistic treadmill — pursuing funding, pursuing fame, pursuing h-index — and the idea of science as a public good is being lost.
I wouldn’t expect private funding sources to be any better than the government ones. Is there a solution?