Posted by: bluesyemre | May 7, 2012

Publish-or-Perish Culture Promotes Scientific Narcissism


  • The motto for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is simple, elegant, and symmetrical: “Advancing science. Serving society.” What I love about these four words is that they convey a duel role of the association. The AAAS aspires to improve our understanding of the world, but the ultimate goal of knowledge is to benefit society. Science is not just an end in of itself, but a means to a higher end — the improvement of human welfare. Most scientific societies have similar mission statements.

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