James Watson Plagiarism

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Plagiarism (noun): 1. Stealing somebody’s work or idea. The outcome of plagiarism has been applied throughout ones entire life in school, and even in the workplace, but what line should be drawn to distinguish when it is okay to use any scientific research and advancements that are already invented and established? Watson explains that after a period of time has passed, any scientific ideas are up for grabs of anyone. Scientific ideas and research should be able to be used and advanced by any individual after a time has passed, as long as the individual is putting their own thoughts and ideas into a previous idea rather than copying it with no individual input. Using scientific ideas and advancements without adding their own ideas and thoughts…show more content…
This novel includes his journeys across the world and the individuals who helped form the discovery of DNA. The creation of scientific ideas and advancements are what has shaped our world today, without the discovery of the hemoglobin molecule, or even the discovery of DNA, we as individuals would not know how genes work and why every individual is unique in the way they look. Giving credit to these scientists is a very important part of history, “The previous day Max Perutz had given Francis a new manuscript by Sir Lawrence and himself, dealing with the shape of the hemoglobin molecule. As he rapidly read its contents Francis became furious, for he noticed that part of the argument depended upon a theoretical idea he had pronounced some nine months earlier” (Watson 57). In this one sees how Francis became upset when his own scientific ideas had been copied without being given the proper credit. Scientific credit should have been given to Francis, but rather were plagiarized by Sir Lawrence to make his ideas seem more complex and complete. If an individual is to use scientific ideas already created, it is important that one puts their own thoughts into the work to benefit both the original scientist but also the individual adding to the ideas and…show more content…
This idea can apply to the fields of sociology and psychology. These subjects are directly parallel to the idea in the scientific field. As long as an individual applies their own thoughts and ideas into the previous ideas, it is not considered plagiarism. Also, it is important that a period of time passes in between each individual using these ideas. This ensures that the original creator is given proper credit for their findings. Although this thought applies to sociology and psychology, it doesn’t directly relate to history. In history, the findings cannot be taken away from the original creator. Historical findings are set in stone and should not be adapted and
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