When we live in a system, we absorb a system and think in a system.
—JAMES W. DOUGLASS
When I began my research career in nutritional science, I was naïve to a fault. My childhood environment of hay fields and milking barns did not prepare me for the dark side of “science” as it is currently done: the greed, the small-mindedness, and the outright dishonesty and cynicism of some of its practitioners. Not to mention the shocking examples of how public officials closed their eyes to important findings that got in the way of their reelection.
I entered the academy eager to participate in my idealized version of scientific inquiry. ...