The Mind of a Con Man

The Mind of a Con Man from The New York Times magazine

Questions for discussion

1. “Stapel’s fraud may shine a spotlight on dishonesty in science, but scientific fraud is hardly new.” How does this information influence the way we value published research?

2. What potential role did Dr. Diederik’s social identity play in allowing him to commit research fraud?

3.  What are some procedures or regulations that could be put in place to protect against research fraud? If there are none, why is it so hard to regulate?