Watermelons like to make the claim that scientists working in the private sector cannot be trusted because of commercial interests. This claim obviously rests on the tenuous and unlikely scenario that scientists employed by govts do not suffer any such pressure.
A scenario that is shown to be completely wrong by statements from the NZ Association of Scientists.
President Dr. Nicola Gaston said “the pressure on scientists was occurring in universities and Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), as pressure went on to raise more funding from industry.”
Radio NZ reports on the issue, and says Auckland University physics professor Shaun Hendy is writing a book called “Silencing Science” which examines why New Zealand is losing good science and good scientists, especially as participants in public debate.
Professor Hendy said one of the pressures on scientists working in the public sector was competition for public funding. He said that made it difficult for a scientist to advance their career without being subject to commercial pressures.
Another watermelon myth bites the dust.