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Fraud fighter: ‘Faked research is endemic in China’

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Posted November 19, 2012

Faked research, plagiarism, pseudoscience and fraud are the “roots of evil” not only in different fields of science: it poisons the minds of entire society. And it appears that some countries are even engulfed by corruption which actually supports this type of scientific misconduct.

In the interview with Shi-min Fang who recently won a Maddox prize for exposing the scientific misconduct in China, Phys.org gives some insights into the extents of pseudoscience which apparently strongly dominates numerous academic communities in this large and from economical perspective one of the leading countries of the world:

Why is science fraud such a problem in China?
It is the result of interactions between totalitarianism, the lack of freedom of speech, press and academic research, extreme capitalism that tries to commercialise everything including science and education, traditional culture, the lack of scientific spirit, the culture of saving face and so on. It’s also because there is not a credible official channel to report, investigate and punish academic misconduct. The cheaters don’t have to worry they will someday be caught and punished.

What have been the worst moments?
I have been sued more than 10 times. Because the Chinese legal system is very corrupt and a ruling is not always made according to the evidence, it is not surprising that I have lost some libel cases even though I did nothing wrong. In one of these, a local court at Wuhan ordered me to pay 40,000 yuan in compensation and transferred the money from my wife’s account. I have also narrowly escaped from an attack with pepper spray and a hammer.

Read more at: NewScientist

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