Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 3, 2017

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #1 – A Real Scientist

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #1 – A Real Scientist

What is a real scientist?

My two cents, but please share yours:

1. A real scientist seeks the truth in science. He or she has no hidden agendas.

2. A real scientist is unbiased. She or he mustn’t care if the experiment’s result is Option A or Option B.

3. A real scientist designs his or her experiment so that every variable is tightly controlled and the resulting data is unbiased.

4. A real scientist doesn’t work for a biased manager. The manager mustn’t care if the experiment’s result is Option A or Option B.

5. A real scientist doesn’t work for a biased funding source. The funding source mustn’t care if the experiment’s result is Option A or Option B.

6. A real scientist, when analyzing data, doesn’t discard “outlier” data points on a chart without a proven technical reason.

7. A real scientist, when analyzing data, doesn’t move data points on a chart. She or he never “doctors” data.

Note 1:  If a data gatherer fails any of the seven criteria above, she or he is not a scientist.

Note 2: These same seven criteria apply to engineers. They seek the truth in technology.

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Responses

  1. These are some of the reasons I’m not a scientist. I usually have an agenda that’s important to me, which disqualifies me. Mainly, though, I don’t have the patience to be a scientist, working through one failure after another in the process of trying to find the one success. My hat is off to those who do fit the qualifications and have the patience.

    • You are so right about the patience in experimentation, David. Cheers, Ashley


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