Is science too speedy nowadays?
An interesting, thought provoking little piece over on The Boreal Beetle blog on whether science nowadays is too fast – its thinking too shallow to gain really satisfying insights and answers, as was the case for Darwin and Mendel. Why is this so? Well, funding bodies and institutes urging for more output in higher ranking journals. (Should that not mean that the thoughts in the papers are deeper though?? Or are the higher impact journals not really publishing the biggest insights? Ive heard they also tend to retract more papers which hints at shallower/plain wrong thinking/manipulation. Another thing Ive heard is that the papers in higher ranked journals arent always based on the best data…what does that say I wonder…)
The Boreal Beetle also pulls Darwin and Mendel into the present research atmosphere and imagines, very briefly, what it might be like them. Basically – they couldnt have done what they did if they were working today.