Scientists ought to take an oath when they get their PhD degrees not to lose sight of the value of science. This is the opinion of Rotterdam philosophy professor Ingrid Robeyns.
What led to this discussion was the American interactive movie The Lab. In this film about a medical laboratory, the viewer has to get into the skin of one of the characters. The film is initiated by the American Ministry of Health to arm young scientists against situations which may lead to fraud. The oath can serve as a guide, says Robeyns. 'Imagine a doctor in a difficult situation thinking by himself: Wait a moment, I have taken an oath. That's what scientists could do too.'