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Science needs myths and stories to remain ethical



I remember the horror well when I discovered that everything I was working on was wrong. I was a graduate student who had just started my second year, and my supervisor and I had developed a rheumatoid arthritis test that seemed to be a revelation. We wrote a paper for a reputed magazine, but just before we sent it off, we decided to experiment again to see if we were correct.

We did not do that. Everything I did last year was ruined and I had to start a whole new research topic. For a young scientist it was a hard but valuable lesson – you should always go further to test your ideas.

That was 35 years ago, and I wonder if anyone starting as a researcher today would be encouraged, just like me the extra mile. Does the relentless drive to publish and measure results mean that researchers are under pressure to cut corners and have less time and freedom to pursue their ideas? Examining the culture of research to find out if research has become so competitive that it is "only about what is achieved and not how it is achieved".

What helped me as a researcher was to read stories about those who came before me. For scientific research to be successful in the long run, I think researchers need a number of strong values, including an unwavering commitment to the truth and an urge to test every idea for its destruction.

Even if they seem to dislike the ideals Still, this is best conveyed through the stories and myths we tell ourselves.

The Power of Stories

In antiquity, people sat by the fire at night and tell stories. Stories about their creation, stories about great deeds and deeds and stories that rehearsed how people deal with each other and the world in which they live. One of the oldest still to be read is Homer's Ancient Greek Illiad.

History examines what it means to be a warrior and leader, how people should accept fate, gain fame, and recognize the consequences of pride and anger. The young people who heard these stories learned what was expected of them and strengthened the collective values ​​and beliefs of society.

In the modern world myths and stories still play an important role ̵

1; even in scientific research. Scientists report important persons and important events in science, such as the discovery of penicillin, the uncovering of the DNA structure, the development of vaccines, and the struggles that Galileo and early supporters of a sun-centered model of the solar system have with the virus fought reactionary forces the church. Taken together, these stories help young scientists understand the collective value of research that goes beyond personal progress and success.