Scientific integrity and the ethics of 'utter honesty' | Curio

Scientific integrity and the ethics of 'utter honesty'

24 mins | May 1, 2022

Honesty is a core scientific virtue, but at what cost? According to physicist Richard Feynman in his famous 1974 commencement address, honesty is central to science, and complete transparency about previous unsuccessful studies is essential for progress. This may be true. However, as critics have argued, it's not feasible or economically viable in practice. Given that the goal of science is to satisfy our intellectual curiosity about the natural world, Robert T. Pennock explores the scientific mindset to argue that integrity is a more accurate word. After all, science cannot guarantee absolute truth, but it can provide a full and honest picture of the evidence available to promote trust in scientific conclusions.

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