21 September 2008

Biased Research

Read this excellent "confession" [pdf] of an activist who had ignored -- for many years -- corporate-funded research (bias!) while accepting research funded by government and non-profits (integrity!). Not any more:
I’ve woken up to the reality that genuinely “neutral” sources of research funding are almost entirely mythical. The reality is that government and non-profit funding is severely limited in some areas and is itself controlled by people who have social, political and public policy agendas of their own.
Bottom Line: The best way to arrive at "truth" is to struggle with and reconcile many opinions until you feel comfortable understanding how they all fit together.

1 comment:

Blake Shurtz said...

Amen. Cal students take EEP 143- The Economics of Innovation.