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The Rise of the Scientist-Bureaucrat

Survival Guide for Researchers in the 21st Century

  • Offers an entertaining, yet accurate commentary on the state of contemporary science

  • Exposes the flaws of the current academic research enterprise and discusses possible solutions

  • A must for undergraduate and graduate students who aim to become professional researchers

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jose Luis Perez Velazquez
    Pages 1-13
  3. Jose Luis Perez Velazquez
    Pages 15-28
  4. Jose Luis Perez Velazquez
    Pages 59-65
  5. Jose Luis Perez Velazquez
    Pages 85-93
  6. Jose Luis Perez Velazquez
    Pages 95-100
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 101-104

About this book

Introduction

"Perez Velazquez has written a little gem that I advise reading to anyone persuing a scientific career, as well as for the general public interested in the sociological aspects of science. It alerts the reader about the rise of a new type of scientist, buried in bureaucracy and financial issues. In contrast to past generations, this "new scientist" is sadly left with minimal time to dedicate to creative work. It studies the consequences of this state of affairs, the problems associated with peer reviewing, the dilemma of funding innovative research, the nature of corporate academic culture and the trivialization of scientific achievement by grant agencies and universities. It also provides possible solutions for these problems.  All this is magnificently exemplified and documented, including personal experiences from the author and a touch of humor illustrated in the accompanying cartoons. Despite the humor, it is a serious piece of work that would also be useful for the conscientious academic worried about the difficulties of the current research scene. "

Marina Frantseva, MD, PhD

Jose Luis Perez Velazquez is a Spanish biochemist/biophysicist. He has a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Physiology & Biophysics. His research activities are mainly in the fields of the brain-behaviour relation at a high level of description, seeking principles of biological organisation. He worked as a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and was Professor at the University of Toronto, where he taught a graduate course on consciousness and self-awareness, which derived in part from his book The Brain-Behaviour Continuum (World Scientific). He also edited the book Coordinated Activity in the Brain (Springer), and edited special issues for The Journal of Biological PhysicsFrontiers in Integrative Neuroscience and Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. Currently he is a Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute, where he continues to investigate a possible global principle, a scheme that combines theoretical studies and experimental observations, aimed at conceptualizing how consciousness arises from the organization of matter.

Keywords

Young scientist manual Sociology of science Research management Science and society Scientometrics Science economics Impact of science funding Pressure of grant agencies appreciation of true science Research appraisal Science as a business

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Ronin InstituteNew YorkUSA

About the authors

Jose Luis Perez Velazquez was born in Zaragoza, Spain. He received an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Physiology & Biophysics. His research attempts at understanding the brain-behaviour relation at a high level of description, seeking principles of biological organisation. He worked as a Senior Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and was Professor at the University of Toronto, where he taught a graduate course on consciousness and self-awareness derived in part from his book The Brain-Behaviour Continuum. He also edited Coordinated Activity in the Brain (Springer), and has edited special issues for The Journal of Biological Physics, Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience and Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. Currently he is a research scholar at the Ronin Institute, where he continues to investigate a possible global principle, a scheme derived from past research combining theoretical studies and experimental recordings in vitro and in vivo, that conceptualises how consciousness arises from the organization of matter in terms of the maximisation of energy/information exchange given by the largest possible number of configurations of interacting cell ensembles. 

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