The war between humanities and science goes on, both in academic faculties and internet comment threads. But in an environment that is increasingly politicised and influenced by corporate profit motives rather than the pure and unsullied pursuit of knowledge, can we trust either side? This article suggests not.
SciGEN is a computer program that generates scientific research papers. It's creators intended it to be a hoax with the intention of proving that scientific sacred cow the Peer Review Process is as corrupt as it's critics have always suggested.
Research they generated with the program was readily accepted for presentation and publication.
For fun the authors made their program a free download on the net. Now we learn many scientists are using it to gain prestige by submitting many nonsensical research documents to get their names seen.
As the article reveals in detail, it is clear nobody is reading this bullshit, but it gets favourable peer reviews anyway.
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