JCU bans Prof Peter Ridd from criticizing scientific institutions. Defiant, he refuses, fights on!
University bans Prof Peter Ridd from criticizing scientific institutions. Defiant, he refuses, fights on!
JCU is trying (and failing) to gag Peter Ridd from discussing why we can’t trust scientific organisations Last August Professor Peter Ridd said the unsayable — that we can no longer trust scientific institutions. His employer, James Cook University (JCU) could have explained why they were trustworthy, but instead they fired back with a formal censure and ordered him to be silent, effectively to stop him criticizing the current state of science or scientific institutions. Then knowing exactly how respectable, ethical, and scientific this is, they also ordered him not to mention the censure too. Let’s censor the censure, too! If there was a crisis in science, what academic would be allowed to point it out? It gets dirtier, apparently now they are even trawling through his private emails as well, hunting for more ammunition for their misconduct case. Who’s a bit desperate? Hypothetically, if there is a crisis in modern science, with a failure to replicate results or a lack objectivity, this could cost the nation billions, risk the reef, slow medical research, and hurt our children, but JCU have effectively said that no one they employ can talk about it. Does the state of science […]Rating: 10.0/10 (2 votes cast)
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