Michael Crichton – Next

An extract from Michael Crichton’s Next, 2006:

The ultimate lesson is that science isn’t special – at least not anymore.  Maybe back when Einstein talked to Niels Bohr, and there were only a few dozen important workers in every field.  But there are now three million researchers in America.  It’s no longer a calling, it’s a career.  Science is as corruptible a human activity as any other.  Its practitioners aren’t saints, they’re human beings, and they do what human beings do – lie, cheat, steal from one another, sue, hide data, fake data, overstate their own importance and denigrate opposing views unfairly.  That’s human nature.  It isn’t going to change.”

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