• Question: What don’t you like in science?

    Asked by grey1pub on 13 Mar 2024.
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      Martin McCoustra answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      One of the things I dislike most is pseudo-science and things like creationism, astrology, flat-Earth and the likes. The important thing about science in my view is it teaches you to question and never simply believe. Look for the evidence and prove that something is real.

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      Andrew McDowall answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      That, although science tries to be above politics and fashions, it’s base raw material is people and people are political and follow fashions. This is exagerated by the funding bodies. Commercial bodies follow profit, Government bodies follow trends in politics and fashion. It results in the distortion of research effort and the diversion of resources and effort away from what’s most useful or most needful into what’s “Hot”.

      (Speaking as someone who once worked in the unfashionable end of Chemistry for a while, shortly before it briefly became very fashionable, but only after I left)

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      Caroline Roche answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      The unavoidable amount of paperwork, it needs to be done and does really help my job so I can do the fun part.

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      Ravindu Ranaweera answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      I agree wholeheartedly with Caroline. It is the paperwork. I see it as the thing I must do in order to do the thing I really want to do.

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      Mark Ridgill answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      People using others ideas without acknowledging them

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      Michael Schubert answered on 14 Mar 2024:

      I agree with the answers you’ve had so far – the paperwork is never fun, and of course it’s not fun when people won’t believe in the things we’ve discovered through hundreds of years of hard work and proof in science and medicine. I’d also say that I don’t like competition in science. I think scientists should work together and make knowledge available to one another, not compete with each other to be first. (This is a tough problem that requires a big solution, though!)

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      Pam Harrison answered on 14 Mar 2024:

      That it can be frustrating and often doesn’t go to plan! It adds to your understanding, and usually get there in the end but sometimes you just want something to work first time.

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      Blair Johnston answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      The fact that everyone is competing. I feel like we would achieve so much more if we all worked together and shared funding and knowledge more widely. There is so much repetition but if everything was made more transparent and open it would allow us to go much further.

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      Sharron Kenny answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      i dont like the idea of science being used as a solving everything buzz word before it has been proven to be effective. or the rolling out of a scientific solution across the board just because it works in a lab study. or a localised area that it will work everywhere. i find the policy of green washing quite scary. and beleive that green solutions should be more tailored to the local areas they will be used in.

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      Christie Waddington answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      Admin and paperwork! Sometimes it can be a drag, but it’s a part of the job. The fun bits make up for it!

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      Carlos Rivera answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      When you get into a department and they’re all doing politics like it was Game of Thrones 🤢. People get too high on their egos, sometimes.

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      Amy Stockwell answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      Biology! I am not good with blood, so I fainted in many of my GCSE lessons.

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      Richard Caines answered on 18 Mar 2024:

      Data and facts being diluted or misrepresented to avoid social or personal discomfort. The truth should always be the goal, no matter how uncomfortable it may be!

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      Hayley Pincott answered on 22 Mar 2024:

      It’s difficult to accept that sometimes my best isn’t good enough.