How to Design Experiments in Animal Behaviour: 16. Cutting-Edge Research at Triﬂing Cost
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I have had multiple aims in writing this series of articles. My primary aim has been to show how simple and innovative experiments can be performed at almost no cost, by nearly anyone, to create signiﬁcant new knowledge. The history of science shows that this is true in most areas of scientiﬁc research, albeit to varying degrees. I have focussed on the ﬁeld of animal behaviour both because I am more familiar with this ﬁeld than others, but also because, the ﬁeld of animal behaviour is especially well-suited for such low-cost research. It has also been my aim, of course, to discuss the princi-ples of ethology (the scientiﬁc study of animal behaviour), through the medium of these experiments. My motivation in writing this series is to bring social prestige to low-cost research, make the practice of science more inclusive and democratic, and empower large numbers of people to become knowledge producers rather than merely remain knowledge consumers. The people I especially have in mind are, less-endowed sections of society, including, but not restricted to, under developed countries, marginalised institutions and individuals, students, the general public, amateurs, and all those with little or no access to large research grants and sophisti-cated laboratory facilities, for whatever reason.Note: Some passages in this article are reprinted from Suggested Readings [4, 5, 15 and 16].
Volume 28 | Issue 3