Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Hippocratic Oath...

A nice post over on Living the Scientific Life.

The University of Toronto Institute of Medical Science formulated this:

I promise never to allow financial gain, competitiveness or ambition cloud my judgment in the conduct of ethical research and scholarship. I will pursue knowledge and create knowledge for the greater good, but never to the detriment of colleagues, supervisors, research subjects or the international community of scholars of which I am now a member.

Good stuff; us folks in science and engineering need to keep the big picture in mind. There's tons of pressure put on researchers and faculty to generate funding, push out papers, get awards, and so on. Probably more people than one would wish take the "easy route." It's a great privilege to work in science; the tenured gig at a decent university is particularly great. And as the wise man said, "with great power comes great responsibility."

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