Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Art and science

Here's Dorothy Sayers, writing in 1936, in Gaudy Night:

The only ethical principle which has made science possible is that the truth shall be told all the time. If we do not penalize false statements made in error, we open up the way for false statements by intention. And a false statement of fact, made deliberately, is the most serious crime a scientist can commit. [Emphasis mine.]
And here's today's story:
Research by South Korea's top human cloning scientist - hailed as a breakthrough earlier this year - was fabricated, colleagues have concluded. A Seoul National University panel said the research by world-renowned Hwang Woo-suk was "intentionally fabricated", and he would be disciplined.