Ética na economia

Imagine this. You have a brilliant idea for how to reverse the effects of aging in female infertility, a wonderful combination of drugs that you have been developing in your lab with your graduate students, and that will open the possibility of motherhood to hundreds of thousands of women who waited just too long to conceive. You have done your Math, your Chemistry, you have developed the model explaining why your idea works. You have tested it in mice. You have tested it in pigs. You got 90% success. You have very little doubt that it works in humans too. If only you could test it… Now imagine that this is 1925, there are no Institutional Review Boards, no Ethics committees to go through, no clinical protocols.

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As you deploy your experiment among those women, you observe that not only it fails to produce the results you expected, but it also accelerates the process of aging: within 9 months, those 40-something women suddenly look like they are 60 years old. You scratch your head, and go back to the drawing board trying to understand where your beautiful model went wrong. You don’t feel bad for those women, after all they were willful volunteers;

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Now imagine this. You have a brilliant idea for how to generate value in economic markets, a clever combination of bets on future values that you have been developing in your lab with your graduate students, and that will open the possibility of riches to a whole breed of entrepreneurial financiers, as well as to entire economies by trickle-down effects. You have done your Math, you have developed a model that explains why your idea works. You have simulated it using powerful computers. You got 90% success. You have very little doubt that it works in real economies too. If only you could test it. Well, it’s 1995, there are no Institutional Review Boards for Economics, no Ethics committees to go through

Aqui

3 thoughts on “Ética na economia”

  1. é a ciência ao serviço do poder.. daqui por uns séculos um Saramago qualquer vai e escreve “em nome da ciência”.

  2. e quanto aos financiamentos ? olha , tenho uma fezada que bons projectos ( temos de arranjar só maneira de perceber se é a sério ou não ) mais ano menos ano vão consegui-los na net . milhões de pessoas a financiar.. eu estou disposta , de caras , a doar , nem que seja 50 euros.
    há pouco uma investigadora financiou assim uma viagem de estudo.

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