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Is citizen science beneficial to science?
Citizen Science is beneficial to science.
Citizen science may complement rather than replace professional practice.
Citizen science is progressive in science, as it removes biases that get placed into high-level research.
Citizen science allows for data collections in areas and in quantities that individual or even teams of researchers could achieve while recognizing that data collected by “lay-persons” has limitations.
Citizen science speeds up discoveries.
It allows study and practice to make
real contributions that are beneficial to society
These projects help out the participants in their lives to gain scientific skills
Some citizen science projects might be unethical.
Citizen scientists can only make contributions which require little skill or training, limiting their usefulness too much to be truly beneficial.
There are activities with a greater benefit to science than citizen science. If citizen science is pursued instead, it can be a drawback to someone's potential in helping science.
Citizen science is not encompassing enough for science overall.
Citizen science is a
symptom of larger, structural issues in society
. Rather than resolving these issues, it enables them to continue.
Is the state necessary and beneficial to society?
Is science political?
Does science justify atheism?