What happens when you have a vested interest in the outcome of a study or experiment? Perhaps you’ve heard that a lot published science turns out bogus. The explanation includes an awfully large burden on academic researchers to publish. Even if we remove the threat of employment sanctions, there remains a very large burden of peer pressure to make a name for yourself.
Do we not see a similar pressure in other lines of work? I can assure you I saw it in the military with the quarterly reviews by those in your chain of command. I cared, yet there were plenty of folks in the same position as I who didn’t care at all, but simply gamed the system to get the same rewards. It seemed there was a predatory instinct in leadership, a wacko reversal so that, if you really cared, you received a lot more pressure to conform to the mandatory ambition. If you didn’t really care, they left you alone and promoted you on an entirely different basis.
The question is not whether you care, but how you care.
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