Лёня Посицельский (posic) wrote,
Лёня Посицельский
posic

A battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide

https://judithcurry.com/2017/01/03/jc-in-transition/
https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/01/06/georgia-tech-climatologist-chooses-career-suicide-to-keep-her-scientific-integrity/

My comment:

The fact that the climate science is politicized to the core -- while, say, mathematics is not -- this fact is not as important as many a mathematician would like to have it. In mathematics, as well as in any other field of knowledge as far as I can tell, it's the same thing, even if in a subtler sense.

Choosing scientific integrity -- in the highest sense of the word -- means choosing career suicide, period. That's how the present-day world is. That's how the present-day mathematical academia is. That's what I have chosen in my life, over the duration of the last two decades: scientific integrity and career suicide. I am quite happy with this choice.

I am a mathematician -- a discoverer of definitions and theorems, an author of research books and papers. I do not have an academic career. I am not interested in having one. I am interested in building a new world where choosing scientific integrity -- in the highest sense of the word -- will no longer mean career suicide.

As of today, my academic career is dead, in the metaphorical sense of the word. I do not care. I am prepared to die for my cause, in the literal sense of the word. Dead or alive, I will win this battle. In the post-2017 world, choosing scientific integrity -- in the highest sense of the word -- will no longer mean career suicide. Dead or alive, I will take care of that. You have my word for that.

Leonid Positselski
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