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Deliberate falsification of data
The deliberate falsification of data runs the
gamut from something as benign as a performer
lying about his or her age, to those that are
far more dangerous, such as scientists who
falsify research or even entire scientific studies.
The need for eternal youth is no more prevalent
than in the world of entertainment. Publicists,
managers, agents, and even the celebrities
themselves, alter their ages (along with other
personal data) with alarming frequency. When a
celebrated individual lies about biographical
or other pertinent data, Internet Accuracy Project
will apprise you of that fact in their profile.
No silly euphemisms to sugarcoat the truth will
be found here. As infuriating as these lies are
for researchers, the end result is "only" wasted
Falsification of data by researchers and scientists
When scientists falsify scientific research or
entire studies that are later published in top
medical journals, the end result can be far more
devastating than the above examples. In recent
years, an increasing number of top doctors and
scientists have been caught fabricating research
data to obtain millions of dollars in government
grant money, or merely to enhance their standing
in the academic community.
Whether you wish to call it lying, cheating,
dishonest, amoral or use one of the increasingly
popular whitewash euphemisms, such as "professional
misconduct," the fact is, the ramifications of
this type of behavior goes far beyond wasted time.
Large amounts of money better spent on legitimate
research are sometimes wasted as a result of the
fraudulent studies. Worse yet, desperate patients
sometimes begin hasty treatments based on the
falsified work, thus placing their lives at
We shall refrain from further moral pontifications
on the subject, and just applaud those individuals
with integrity who are honest, forthright, and
thorough in their research, and implore those
who are not, to recognize that the consequences
of their actions are more far-reaching than they
could possibly imagine.
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