Journal Article — Science and Its Malfunctions — by Klaus Fischer
This article explores the nature, causes, and genesis of malfunctions of science. Topics explored are: deception; subordination to dominant spirit and paradigms of the times; impacts of dogmatism and social interests; ingroup-outgroup behavior and other effects of the social structure of science; inappropriate peer review and malfunctions of prevailing academic review system; misappreciation of innovative research; impact of networking and loyalties on scientific progress; impact of economic interests and liaisons; pathological interpretations of scienticity and validity of scientific results; defects of scientometric measures as indicators of achievement, as a manifestation of the impact of medial code on science; trustworthiness or lack thereof of Science Citation Index as measure of research and scientific achievement. The impact of social, economic, political, cultural, linguistic, medial, religious, and other codes on scientific process and behavior of scientists are explored.
Fischer, Klaus. 2008. “Science and Its Malfunctions.” Pp. 1-22 in Sociological Imaginations from the Classroom: Plus A Symposium on the Sociology of Science Perspectives on the Malfunctions of Science and Peer Reviewing (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume VI, Issue 2, 2008.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).
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