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Meritocracy in Science – A Necessary Myth

Kozuch, Sebastian (2023) Meritocracy in Science – A Necessary Myth. [Preprint]


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The methodology of meritocracy in STEM has been severely criticized as of lately in terms of the diversity, equity, and inclusion debate. However, there are more aspects where meritocracy fails, namely the effect of luck events and the exponential Matthew effect. Herein we discussed this matter and how it affects science and scientists. Nevertheless, we also explain that even with its faults, meritocracy is the best available doctrine, and neglecting it in research and education is self-defeating. We describe some possible measures to limit these flaws, but still keeping its edge for science.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: Meritocracy; Matthew effect; STEM; Boltzmann distribution
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Policy
Depositing User: Prof. Sebastian Kozuch
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2023 20:30
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2023 20:30
Item ID: 22658
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Policy
Date: 13 October 2023

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