Another failing grade for Harvard, Intellectuals and Media on Bogus Monkey, Morality Research
It would seem Professor Hauser, in an effort to prove morality was inborn and not learned, may have proven that it is indeed learned and he either forgot, or didn’t learn enough of it somewhere along the way. It’s great that the research has been addressed. But given his status as a media darling, how many popular articles will continue to circulate unchecked? There’s also the side issue of tax dollars having been wasted supporting some portion of his work. If we can’t trust self-appointed “scientists,” particularly of the “social” sort, who can we trust? We know it’s not God. The Democrats just told us so! heh
From the Daily Mail:
Marc Hauser, 52, researched evolutionary roots of human abilities. Houser, a published author of popular books favored by the media, gained wide recognition for his research into the evolutionary roots of human abilities, including language, and whether morality was inborn or learned. Less than a week ago, Hauser’s former Ivy League employer made national headlines after it has been revealed that 125 students at the prestigious institution are being investigated for allegedly cheating on a take-home exam.
Marc Hauser, a prolific scientist and popular psychology professor who last summer resigned from Harvard University, had fabricated data, manipulated results in multiple experiments, and described how studies were conducted in factually incorrect ways, according to the findings of a federal research oversight agency posted online Wednesday.
The report provides the greatest insight yet into the problems that triggered a three-year internal university investigation that concluded in 2010 that Hauser, a star professor and public intellectual, had committed eight instances of scientific misconduct. The document, which will be published in the Federal Register Thursday, found six cases in which Hauser engaged in research misconduct in work supported by the National Institutes of Health. One paper was retracted and two were corrected, and other problems were found in unpublished work.