Essay about Jealousy in Cantor's Dilemma

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Jealousy in Cantor's Dilemma  

The beast hides in the shadows. Its presence is all around us; its existence denied by all. It moves stealthily from one body to the next, peering with its infinite, green eyes into the deepest thoughts of all, a merciless predator seeking out those who least expect its attack. It strikes without a sound, paralyzing its prey. The monster's bite drives its victims into behaving rashly. It injects a poison strong enough to cause one to distrust one's best-friend. It causes one to act furtively and always with the worst of motives. This beast is named jealousy, and no one is immune.

Not even scientists, who's goal is to conquer all in search of real truths, can battle against this obstacle.
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This breakdown often takes on the form of secrecy. Some scientists fear that colleagues will steal ideas, thus taking money and recognition away from them. One example of this can be illustrated by the process of applying for a grant. Many scientists only vaguely describe research on their grant applications because they fear that one of the reviewers will use their position to get an inside look at the most recent research, and take proposed projects as their own. Moreover, Djerassi illustrates Cantor's distrust in his peers when Cantor asks Stafford not to share the details of the experiment with anyone, not even within the laboratory. Sly maneuvers, like Cantor's, undermine the basis of science and the scientific method. The beast's bite inhibits teamwork, an important component in the analysis and application of data collected from the scientific method.

Another effect of the creature's bite is characterized by the race to discover or publish first. Decisions that have not been fully thought through are a direct product of such hastiness. Djerassi presents an excellent example of this in the novel. Cantor is so determined to impress the scientific world, or more particularly, Kurt Krauss, that he decides to publish his original experiment of the tumorogenesis theory without double-checking its accuracy. Had his experiment been proven wrong, he would have suffered a great deal of humiliation. However, his enthusiasm would also

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