How Academia and Academic Publishing are Hindering Scientific Innovation

The following is a user-submitted post by Marcus Haber

There is a very interesting document written byElizabeth Dzeng on the website Kings Review, an online magazine published at King’s College, Cambridge

Its an interview by Dzeng, a PhD candidate in the field of medicine, with Sydney Brenner, a professor of Genetic medicine at the University of Cambridge and Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine in 2002.

Dr. Brenner speaks about how it was possible for his team to unlock the genetic code and a critical commentary on why our current scientific research environment makes this kind of breakthrough unlikely today.

Some quotes:

What people don't realize is that at the beginning, it was just a handful of people who saw the light, if I can put it that way. So it was like belonging to an evangelical sect, because there were so few of us, and all the others sort of thought that there was something wrong with us.
I think peer review is hindering science. In fact, I think it has become a completely corrupt system.  . . ."

Reminded me of LENR somehow…

  • Obvious

    You surely must understand, Bohr, that the whole idea of quantum jumps necessarily leads to nonsense… If we are going to have to put up with these damn quantum jumps, I am sorry that I ever had anything to do with quantum theory.
    -Schrödinger

    The more I think about the physical part of the Schrödinger theory, the more detestable I find it. What Schrödinger writes about visualization makes scarcely any sense, in other words I think it is s**t. The greatest result of his theory is the calculation of matrix elements.
    – Heisenberg to Pauli, 1926.

  • Gerard McEk

    I agree, the academic system is wrong and extremely conservative, it blocks innovation and new thinking, it has lost bare roots of existence: Being critical about its (accepted) fundamentals and being curious and having the obligation to explain phenomena which cannot be explained by the existing theories. It is now all about status and money. The more you support the accepted theory, the better you will be paid. When will this corrupt system fall apart?
    On the other hand: I have no idea how to change this. Peer reviewing seemed to me a good way to ensure the quality.

  • Mauricio Tuffani

    Creationists manipulated opportunistically Brenner’s criticisms last Tuesday in:
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/03/nobel_laureate_082791.html.
    I’ve commented it today in my blog:
    http://ucablog.com/2014/03/07/criacionistas-e-brenner/