April 29, 2013 by Tamara Piety
Yesterday’s New York Times Magazine also carried this story. “The Mind of a Con Man.” It covers the story of a researcher in human behavior who decided one day to just start making things up. That he was able to do so for such a long time is fairly unnerving. And although there have always been some academic scandals and people who were willing to cut corners for fame or prestige, in the current environment one wonders if the influence of more money, the shift to the academic superstar, the need to compete for funding, or worse yet, be dependent on funding from commercial sources who are looking for specific results. May this is not a trend. But as I will discuss in a later post regarding corporate money in the production of academic scholarship, it may be difficult to tell.