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Tag: The Conversation
By Aftab Alam | Published: April 14, 2017
The only way out of the current state of tension for Indian universities, argues political scientists Aftab Alam, is for the institutions to learn to tolerate everything except intolerance.
By Bianca Fileborn | Published: April 6, 2017
Why does it matter if research is ethical or not? And what steps could or should have been taken to ensure that issues such as those the Australian Human Rights Commission now faces -- in a case related to well-intentioned research into sexual assault -- are avoided?
By Kate Chatfield | Published: March 22, 2017
When researchers from countries where regulation is well developed choose to conduct ethically dubious research in countries where regulation is not as strict, it is known as “ethics dumping.” When it happened to Africa's San people, they responded.
By The Conversation | Published: March 21, 2017
A survey by Nature found that 52 percent of researchers believed there was a 'significant reproducibility crisis' and 38 percent said there was a 'slight crisis.' Here, three experts give their views on the issue.
By Peter Neal Peregrine | Published: March 9, 2017
Is Trump’s presidency part of a larger movement toward a solipsistic world? asks Peter Neal Peregrine. And if so, which solipsist gets to say what is fact and what is not? And where does that leave science?
By Haris Aziz | Published: March 2, 2017
The late Stanford professor Kenneth Arrow was considered one of the most influential economists in history with monumental and lasting contributions to the field. His work included some explanation for why election results can turn out as they do, not always the way most voters would prefer.
By Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus | Published: February 7, 2017
With science on the defensive for the time being, and the the fear of retribution palpable, the long-standing question of whether scientists should ever become advocates has come into sharper focus.
By Richard Whittle | Published: February 3, 2017
The value in economics lies not in some magical ability to divine the future. Tell that to the policymakers who expect their fortunes told.
By Jason Lane | Published: January 31, 2017
What might Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven countries mean for the U.S. role in international education? And will it undermine the use of international higher education as a soft power tool for the United States? A scholar of international education gives his view.
By Michael J.I. Brown | Published: January 24, 2017
University librarian Jeffrey Beall used to write a blog that identified by name what he saw as predatory publishers of academic journals. Since he suddenly shut down the site earlier this month, will --or even should -- someone else pick up the baton?
By Nathan Emmerich | Published: January 10, 2017
Several recent high-profile incidents suggest that the confidentiality promises routinely made by social scientists have little in the way of legal support.
By Darren Curnoe | Published: January 5, 2017
There is a clear consensus among anthropologists that races aren’t real, that they don’t reflect biological reality, and that most anthropologists don’t believe there is a place for race categories in science.