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April 5th, 2013


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02:28 pm
Forgot, then procrastinated, then posted this because I am procrastinating on writing an actual assignment. Ugh. I'd better get something done before Sean gets up, or he'll be back to coaching me one word at a time. He keeps reminding me that a lab report is not a thesis, but it would help if I could figure out how to make the experiment not feel pointless - how do I write about the significance and importance of showing how planting density affects plant growth while citing multiple papers that tell exactly what we expect this experiment to show because it has already been demonstrated many, many times? What is the point of this research other than practice? Add that to an ethical dilemma of partners who I've already let down by my general lateness wanting to falsify missing data - do I refuse and screw them over anew despite the facts that no one would know, that we actually did do the experiment and acquire the data before it was lost (one part lost due to miscommunication when we were all present and involved, the rest not my doing), and that it would make practice in report writing kind of futile as our report would pretty much just be "impossible to draw meaningful conclusions due to missing data"? Or do I acquiesce and break my own moral code in addition to violating the university's academic integrety policy? I despise conflict.

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From:rhain
Date:April 5th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Nothing is worth breaking your own moral code over. It's harder to remember that when the consequence is not just screwing yourself over, but also impacting someone else, but remember: Nothing is worth breaking your moral code over.

Have you thought about contacting the professor about the data loss? Or excusing yourself from the project and allowing them to make the moral choice for themselves?
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From:orenda
Date:April 7th, 2013 08:30 am (UTC)
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You're right, of course. Thank you for the reminder. It's just...sometimes I wonder if the rigidity of my moral code is actually because that's what I think is best, or because that is what lets me feel good about myself while not having to be too scared about the complicated choices. But I am short enough on things I feel about about myself lately; I might as well hold on to the honesty bit.

I have already contacted the prof to accept responsibility for the project being late and ask that the others not lose points. It's far too late to do the experiment over, since classes have ended and it involved growing plants. I have considered doing the report with dummy data and a footnote explaining with the real data appended to it, but the others don't want to acknowledge that we screwed up and lose the points when no one would be able to tell the difference.
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From:rhain
Date:April 7th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Submit your paper with the truthful information. You've already contacted the prof to explain the problem, so he already knows about it, so you might as well go all the way with it.
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From:orenda
Date:April 8th, 2013 03:21 am (UTC)
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The prof does not know we lost any data. I only contacted her about the lateness. I have made up my mind not to lie, though. Thanks .

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