Inescapable Horizons

Inescapable Horizons
duct is a secondary yet significant theme\r\nrunning throughout his book. Bell emphasizes\r\nagain and again that silence\r\nequals guilt. As the hero of one of his\r\ncase studies, an anthropologist who lost\r\nhis NSF grant because of the rumors his\r\nrivals on the peer review panel circulated\r\nabout him, reasons: "Ultimately... every\r\nscientist that individually and collectively\r\nfails to confront abuses and wrongdoing\r\nin the system is contributing to\r\ncorruption in the system." Bell also\r\nchampions the victimized whistleblowers\r\nin these cases, who are often denounced\r\nand even investigated themselves for\r\nbringing unfavorable attention to (and\r\nthus threatening the power of) universities\r\nand funding agencies. Margot\r\nO'Toole (who could not find work after\r\nshe exposed the Baltimore scandal), Dr.\r\nErdem Cantekin (whose superiors\r\nmoved his office, erased data from his\r\nhard drive, and tried to revoke his tenure\r\nwhen he challenged a colleague's endorsement\r\nof amoxicillin), and Ernest\r\nFitzgerald (who was fired by President\r\nNixon from his job as an Air Force cost\r\nanalyst for exposing the deficiencies of\r\nthe C-5ATransport) illustrate that fraud\r\nfrequently pays while whistleblowing\r\ndoes not.\r\nBy combining breadth (in the variety\r\nof cases he examines) and depth (in his\r\nanalysis of each case). Bell provides an\r\nexcellent overview—for the scientist and\r\nthe lavpcrson alike—of the causes and\r\nconsequences...

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