Before discussing the specific ethical problems that may be encountered in the practice of seismology, I will start with some brief general considerations about science and ethics. Recently an article was published by John Ziman, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Bristol, with the provocative title “Why must scientists become more ethically sensitive than they used to be?” (Science282, 1,813–1,814, 1998). The article reflects the new sensitivity among scientists on ethical issues arising from their own work and at the same time recognizes that in the past this has not always been the case. What...

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