Re: [asa] false witness and scientific integrity

From: Christine Smith <christine_mb_smith@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu Jun 07 2007 - 09:09:49 EDT

Not sure this got through the first time I sent it....

--- Christine Smith <christine_mb_smith@yahoo.com>
wrote:

> Thomas,
>
> This is only tangientially related to your idea, but
> I
> thought you and the rest of the forum might find
> this
> BBC story of interest...
>
>
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/6729537.stm
>
> Christine Smith
>
> --- Thomas Robey <tom_robey@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> > Dear Colleagues,
> >
> > I am a graduate student in the biomedical sciences
> > who
> > has a long-standing interest in ethics and the
> > broader
> > impact of science. I have been mulling an idea
> for
> > independent study and am interested in hearing
> your
> > ideas about it.
> >
> > There have been numerous instances in the past few
> > years of lapses in scientific integrity -
> > particularly
> > in my field of stem cell biology. These instances
> > make good case studies for ethics instruction, but
> > also point to the current trend in biomedical
> > research
> > toward higher levels of competition for fewer
> > resources. In this new environment, it is easier
> to
> > lose track of the foundations of objective
> reporting
> > and the ideal of value-free observation that are
> > central to the power of science as a tool to
> > understand our world.
> >
> > What I am proposing is a study of the ninth
> > commandment, whether it informed the rise of the
> > scientific method, and how it could be brought to
> > bear
> > to realign the practice of science today. In its
> > context, bearing false witness against one's
> > neighbor
> > was a more relational commandment - important for
> > maintenance of a fair and just society. I see it
> > possible to reinterpret the commandment as the
> > scientist's imperative.
> >
> > My background is mainly science, but I studied
> > history
> > and philosophy of science as an undergrad, and
> have
> > been quite active with the biomedical ethics
> > community
> > here at the University of Washington. I am not at
> > all
> > familiar with any literature regarding biomedical
> > ethics or scientific integrity from a Christian or
> > Jewish perspective. I am pursuing this for my own
> > purposes - not for any course or degree
> requirement,
> > although I would like to see what it is like to do
> > scholarly work that touches on science and faith.
> >
> > With this context, I would greatly appreciate your
> > willingness to share with me:
> >
> > 1) resources I could read about these topics
> > 2) whether this issue has been adequately
> addressed
> > (is there room for new thought?)
> > 3) your impressions of my ideas as I have
> abstracted
> > them here.
> >
> > Feel free to respond to me off line or in the
> > setting
> > of this list.
> >
> > Peace to you,
> >
> > thomas robey
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
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