Why do people commit fraud? If we’re speaking generally, the desire to gain a fortune is one likely answer. Take for instance the recently uncovered $8M fraud scheme, dubbed Project Fellowship, in Ontario.
But when it comes to scientific fraud, how is fortune a motivation? In A Course in Deception, the monetary motivations are, shall we say, subtle. But that’s fiction. What about fact?
Let’s look at the case of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the researcher who published false data about childhood vaccines and the development of autism. In a British Medical Journ...
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