Saturday, July 7, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Science, anesthesiologists, objectivity!

aamisconductcoverPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-07-07]: Something new for the Guinness Book of World Records. Japanese anesthesiologist Yoshitaka Fujii, a 52-year-old at Toho University, has eclipsed all contenders for the record of most scientific papers retracted. Investigators believe that the expert in postoperative nausea and vomiting fabricated results in at least 172 published studies. This is nearly double the number of the previous record-holder, another anesthesiologist, Joachim Boldt, a German. Most of his had been withdrawn because he had failed to obtain ethics approval [source: web news]. No matter how much “Objectivity” remains elusive as a concept, such gestures are with (scientific) certainty moves towards a more objective way of thinking… Bravo.

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