What the public didn’t realize, he said, was that academic science, too, was becoming a business. “There are scarce resources, you need grants, you need money, there is competition,” he said. “Normal people go to the edge to get that money. Science is of course about discovery, about digging to discover the truth. But it is also communication, persuasion, marketing. I am a salesman.”
Comment by Diederik Stapel, a former – and fraudulant – Professor of Social Psychology, explaining why he made up the results of his experiments. It’s from a short piece by Rob Fisher at samizdata explaining why, in his words, all it takes for grand conspiracies to happen is for incentives to align.