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The Scientist: Creator and Destroyer—“Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” Is a Wake-Up Call for Researchers

Marbank, Institute of Marine Research, 5005 Bergen, Norway
Challenges 2019, 10(2), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/challe10020033
Received: 5 May 2019 / Revised: 24 July 2019 / Accepted: 24 July 2019 / Published: 31 July 2019
Scientists investigate, describe, invent and create. Most advances in medicine, technology and understanding of the living world in the context of the cosmos, are attributable to systematic efforts by expert researchers. However, pervasive toxins, persistent environmental pollution, destructive weaponry and resource depletion are also outcomes of scientific efforts. Furthermore, although we have reached great advances in some research fields, other issues are enigmatic and arguably could be investigated with other methods or mindsets. That, however, brings us to a paradoxical realization: Despite the fact that there are more scientists in this world than ever before, due to socialization and indoctrination we are currently suffering from reduced cognitive diversity within academic disciplines. Arguably, scientists are not taught to think independently and differently, instead we are educated into a compliant, univocal and homogenous, ‘Wissenschaftlicher Denkkollektiv.’ View Full-Text
Keywords: scientific skepticism; interdisciplinary research; agnogenesis in academia; moral responsibility of scientist scientific skepticism; interdisciplinary research; agnogenesis in academia; moral responsibility of scientist
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Cuhra, M. The Scientist: Creator and Destroyer—“Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” Is a Wake-Up Call for Researchers. Challenges 2019, 10, 33.

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