Science by press conference

Science By Press Conference

Science by press conference

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The term science by press conference is a phrase referring to scientists who put an unusual focus on publicizing results of research in the media.Jerome F (1989). Science by press conference. Technology Review July 1989, No. 92, pp. 72-73.Hall, Stephen S. (2004). Merchants of Immortality: Chasing the Dream of Human Life Extension. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ISBN 9780618492213 It is intended to associate the target with people promoting scientific "findings" of questionable scientific merit who turn to the media for attention when they are unlikely to win the approval of the professional scientific community. However, its use as an insult can also be a way that scientists who labor in obscurity can criticize scientists who seek to communicate directly with the public, or scorn scientists whose work for some reason catches the public's interest.

Premature publicity violates a cultural value of most of the scientific community, which is that findings should be subjected to independent review with a "thorough examination by the scientific community" before they are widely publicized. The standard practice is to publish a paper in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. This idea has many merits, including that the scientific community has a responsibility to conduct itself in a deliberative,...
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