A very pessimistic view on the state of research quality in the US, particularly in public health research. Many in the Intellectual Takeout audience express frustration about the apparent decline of morality in American society. moral decline A Godless Righteousness in a Brave New World. A moral collapse is eating away at the foundations of our society like cancer.
From 1970 to 2010, as taxpayer funding for public health research increased 700 percent, the number of retractions of biomedical research articles increased more than 900 percent, with most due to misconduct. When it comes to traditional morals, they charge, parents aren’t forming children in them, schools aren’t teaching them, and society isn’t adequately promoting them. For most, a major leading indicator of moral decline is the media. Edward Archer, James G. Martin Center January 30, 2020. Nowhere is the intellectual and moral decline more evident than in public health research. Some choice quotes: My experiences at four research universities and as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellow taught me that the relentless pursuit of taxpayer funding has eliminated curiosity, basic competence, and scientific integrity in many fields.
Unfortunately, fixing moral decay is far more difficult than switching out political parties, because it is in the hearts of hundreds of millions of individual Americans. For most of the past century, the United States was the pre-eminent nation in science and technology. However, others may disagree. Many believe their morality comes from their religion. AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File. If it continues to go unchecked, it will inevitably destroy America. This reversal of an otherwise striking decline in moral language, a nonlinear effect revealed as an aggregate pattern across 41 morally-saturated terms, is an important qualification to earlier findings that individual virtue-related moral terms have tended to decline in relative frequency . Fully 68 percent of Americans in the survey said the media are having a detrimental effect on moral values in America. I have heard things such as, “the ratio of moral people and unmoral people is the same as fifty years ago; as the population grows the amount of moral and unmoral people grow too.” Moral Decline in the United States - Many people try to argue that there is not a moral decline going on. A strong moral conviction that something is right or wrong is experienced in the same way as a fact, according to research by Linda Skitka—as an objective, irrefutable truth. But evidence suggests that people’s opinion of what God thinks is actually what they believe is right and wrong, not the other way around. In the same poll, 74% of Americans said they thought the state of moral values in the U.S. is getting worse. Clearly, Americans look into their television sets, and are getting a high-definition dose of Hollywood's take on values.