Dr Derksen engages with Roy Baumeister’s dismissal of failed replications as resulting from a lack of “flair.” The problem, he says, is not that Baumeister takes this seriously. Rather, it’s that he doesn’t take it seriously enough.
… management, of course. Everybody likes research and over the last couple of years it has become fashionable to speak of the importance of teaching and what a noble and enjoyable task it is, but people seldom mention management. Maarten Derksen sheds light on the third pillar of academia.
Facebook recently revealed that it manipulated the content of the News Feeds of some of its users by changing the number of positive and negative words they were exposed to, without their knowledge or consent. Maarten Derksen weighs in on this and the ethics of informed consent.
Academic administrators have responded to recent cases of misconduct by commissioning a multitude of regulations and protocols. The scientific code of conduct of the VSNU is an attempt to formulate the scientific ethos, but it works better as a discussion piece.