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  1. #1 Hiring Scientists ? 
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    I think I already know the likely answer to this but I thought there no harm in asking - so I will !

    Is is possible for a private individual who is not associated with any company or organisation i.e. soley for himself to hire and acquire the services of a scientist/s ?

    Is it a case of money for example such as in taking a space flight or are there professional ethics involved depending on the what their being hired for ?


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    Many sciences have related associations. They have their own ethical codes, and many of these associations have government-backed authority in revoking licenses to practise.

    That is to say, hiring a scientist to do something unethical by the standards of the association he is affiliated with may get him barred from practising. Moreover, when things are deemed unethical, they are quite likely also illegal.

    However, consider the notion of sponsors. Many companies sponsor scientific research and decide with that sponsorship to some degree the direction of research.

    Of course, that's not really how science is supposed to work, but everything for the sake of progress, they say.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HomoUniversalis
    Many sciences have related associations. They have their own ethical codes, and many of these associations have government-backed authority in revoking licenses to practise.

    That is to say, hiring a scientist to do something unethical by the standards of the association he is affiliated with may get him barred from practising. Moreover, when things are deemed unethical, they are quite likely also illegal.

    However, consider the notion of sponsors. Many companies sponsor scientific research and decide with that sponsorship to some degree the direction of research.

    Of course, that's not really how science is supposed to work, but everything for the sake of progress, they say.
    Do you think there might be a way for scientist to take on board " unique " cases that would otherwise be deemed unworthy of a companys attention i.e. lack of profit in it due to rarity of problem ?

    If for example you had scenario where someone had a unique , problem that was not addressed by whats being researched because their is no need i.e. no threat to any one else

    thanks for your response

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