January 21, 2013
Against my usual principles in such matters, I’ve been reading pro-cyclist Tyler Hamilton’s confessional book. It isn’t the finest writing in the world, as you might imagine. There are also a lot of specifics about particular races, events and participants/characters that will be of interest only to those who followed pro cycling during Tyler’s career.
There is a great deal of parallel here for the top level ranks of competitive sciencing. A great deal. And if we do not clamp down hard on where the Glamour Game has been taking science lately, this is where we are headed.
A place where “everybody is doing it, so we’re just leveling the playing field by photoshopping bands” is true, if not an excuse.
I suggest you read Hamilton’s book with a constant eye on science fraud.