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Experiments in Animal Behaviour : Cutting-Edge Research at Trifling Cost.

Gadagkar, R Gadagkar, R, ed (2021) Experiments in Animal Behaviour : Cutting-Edge Research at Trifling Cost. e-Books of the Indian Academy of Sciences . Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. ISBN 978-81-950664-7-6

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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 principles 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, lessendowed sections of society, including, but not restricted to, underdeveloped countries, marginalised institutions and individuals, students, the general public, amateurs, and all those with little or no access to large research grants and sophisticated laboratory facilities, for whatever reason.

Item Type: Book
Series.: e-Books of the Indian Academy of Sciences
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: copyright to this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences
Keywords: Animal behaviour, democratizing science, diversity in science, grant-free research, low-cost re-search, science funding
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2021 06:08
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2021 08:43
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/68613

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