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Disseminating quality controlled scientific knowledge

Who owns science, owns society

Author(s): Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva

Journal: Maejo International Journal of Science and Technology
ISSN 1905-7873

Volume: 5;
Issue: 01;
Start page: S1;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: empiricism | fallibilism | pragmatism | rationalism

The fundamental base underlying scientific empirical principles is currently at high risk of collapse or extinction. Under threat from pseudo-science and technologies which are advancing faster than philosophies can accompany them, and in a grey zone of masqueraded ethical principles, the schools of thought that were once thought to be the omnipotent cornerstones of the scientific institute of knowledge are now doomed to become historical relics. Increasing polarisation of rich versus poor, subsidised versus not, Impact Factor vs non-Impact Factor, paid-view versus open access, and a whole host of other conflicting concepts is further dividing the elite minority of the global scientific community from its silenced majority. Awareness constitutes the first step on the road to constructive change. Shrouded in quasi-ignorance, scientists from Beijing to Belfast are fast being locked in a cycle that may revolutionise the world of science as we know it, blindly, but not painlessly. This small opinion paper is meant to be a nutcracker of sorts intended to initiate a cascade of counter-measures to stem the inevitable tide.
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