I do not find that "absurd" at all, it is being motivated by greed, and greed is as old as time. The science community is no different from any other entity, they have some unethical personell.<quoted text>
If you realize that, do you really think that even half of the results are legit? Do you think the scientist don't want any more money for further studies? Do you think that doesn't factor into the final results given to the money donor who already has a preformed opinion and selected a group of scientists that said they believed the results would indeed line up with his/her preformed opinion? Not getting the results the money donor wanted would be the same as an employee failing at their job. They might not get to keep their job if the employer found out exactly how the employee failed so some employees decide to try to lie for the sake of keeping their job. Scientist are no different. I know liberals and the science community are close so this probably seems absurd to you.
Yes I do believe "even half of the results are legit". I also believe that there is people, Scientist included, that are not beyond perpetrating a scam for financial gain.
Do you really think those Scientists who habitually release incorrect studies will be hired for main stream research?
Would you hire someone with that reputation, probably not, unless you are running a scam.
What I do find "absurd" is that you stereotype the entire science community and other groups as well due to the actions of a few.