Authors: István Daruka
We elaborate briefly on the tacit metamorphosis of scientific research evolving from the contemplative, curiosity driven phase into the industrial, profit-driven phase. It appears that the involved positive feedback mechanisms render the current, postmodern research system an exponentially bursting complex object, persistently expanding further in a self-locked, 'confined to grow' setting. This current, highly effective research system involving millions of scientists worldwide is generally considered as a paramount success story, so there is not much internal driving force emerging towards the critical, multilateral investigation and assessment of long-term research dynamics. Here we discuss some emergent, potentially menacing consequences, including inflation-instabilities and complexity related systemic risks of the current, self-amplified research trends. Our hope is to raise attention and initiate interdisciplinary calls on these covert, yet crucial issues, in order to keep our research system genuinely sustainable, enabling science to serve the peace and well-being of humankind further.
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