An existentialist approach to authentic science

IBRO Neurosci Rep. 2021 Jul 7;11:52-55. doi: 10.1016/j.ibneur.2021.07.001. eCollection 2021 Dec.


The pressures of the ethos of "publish or perish" in academia has led to a multitude of issues for science and scientists. In this paper, we argue that the existentialist philosophy concept of authenticity would be useful for scientists to prevent issues of reproducibility, data manipulation, fraud, and mentorship. We highlight some major caveats and call for policies to prevent them. Overall, we propose a way for scientists to ensure they do not succumb to the pressures of a career in science.

Keywords: Existentialism; Publish or Perish; Rent-seeking behavior.