- Title: On the Way to the Best Possible Science
- Author/s: APJ Roux & CS de Beer
- Publisher: Sun Media
- Country of Origin: South Africa
- Publication Year: 2016
- ISBN: 9781928355007
- Publisher: Sun Media.
- Date: 2016.
The road to the best possible science runs along all kinds of ondulary paths of peer evaluation with the preferences, assumptions, prejudices and convictions of the evaluating readers. It runs over he bumpy roads of ideological preferences and obstinacies that are mostly negatively affected (muddled) by the urge for power and money of institutional and political botching, so that any pure outcome will be difficult to achieve.
There are also all sorts of detours and side tracks, inspired by the obsession with instant solutions, reductionistic and absolutising oversimplifications of the full multiple reality, and the complex knowledge world, but above all by the intriguing fickleness of impulsive and ever-present fallible human beings. Against this background, the extremes of hidden unexpectedness can in surprising ways occur at any time. The best intentions can lead to the greatest catastrophes; the most innocent unintended inventions can come up with surprising and unexpected wholesome influences.
With this in mind, the best possible science, as emphasised in this publication, can never be defined in any final sense, nor can it ever without any doubt be achieved, although this remains our firm ideal. For this same reason we ought to be on the road and stay on the road to the best possible science, filled with hope and expectation and with decisive commitment.