學術論文究竟有沒有用?

Elon Musk 前兩年說大多數的學術論文都沒有用,想想看究竟有多少論文真的被利用來做有益的事情(Elon Musk said “The percentage is very low“),就知道有多無用了。 此言一出,酸言酸語者有之,拈鬚微笑者有之,我估計看笑話的比認真思索的多。

 

 

這個問題,說穿了,骨子裡跟「大學應不應該是職業訓練所」的爭議是同一回事,對於已經選擇立場的人來說,講道理擺數據是沒有用的。身為曾經參與製造垃圾這偉大行當的從業人員之一,說起這個話題不是很有底氣,不佞只敢小小聲的說,憑什麼有錢的人就講話一定有道理,誰規定論文一定要被你拿來造火箭才算有用。

灣區日報推薦一篇 Quora 上的問答,UC SanDiego 資訊科學與工程系的教授 Yuanyuan Zhou 的回答就很中肯,也很犀利:確實有很多 crappy 的論文,但是每天有那麼多 crappy 的創業公司關門,難道人們就不創業了嗎?為什麼揪著學術論文有沒有用這問題不放咧?

As in the startup world, only 5% startups succeeded, but still many entrepreneurs start their companies every month. Why? It is because if you don’t give a try, how do you know you will fail or become the next Google. Yes, there are many crappy papers, just like that there are many crappy startups or big company internal initiatives (e.g. Google +) . Then why would we be so critical on academic papers?

周教授的回答看起來過癮,聽起來解氣,但是製造業的從業人員,也要好好檢討,為什麼學術論文的作者都刻意選擇無用的文章名稱和章節標題?

呵呵…

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