“Climategate” and the Ethics of Science

By | March 13, 2010

ethics in science

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Dishonesty in science can harm people.

Over the last century science has played an ever increasing role in the lives of all people, particularly so in the western hemisphere and in Europe and Asia. Science, and its resulting technology, the applications of science to practical problems, has increased life expectancy, improved our standard of living, dramatically speeded communications, and made us a space-faring people, to cite only a few examples. Our ability to feed a rapidly growing global population and to make their lives easier and more productive both stem from advances in science.