An article from Scientific American discusses the debate about slowing down science.
And I agree with the arguments made about the "fast food" approach to science. having worked in Switzerland, UK and the USA I have noticed varying approached to science. The push for getting high impact publications in the shortest amount of time possible is dangerous as it can lead to misinterpretations of data and also high rate of post-doc burn out. The requirement to get things out now is driven by the increasing difficulty in scientific funding, especially in the USA. Working in other parts of the world, i encountered a much better work-life balance and while pressure was there, it was not crippling. perhaps it has just been the labs I have worked in, but prior to my appointments in the USA, I and the colleagues i had were primarily working on one project and making a lot of progress in a relatively short amount of time. We had other research to do, supervision of undergraduate students and teaching responsibilities, but the research on a single project meant that we we could do all the necessary background research which facilitated our data interpretations. Here, in the US, the two labs i have worked in have been completely different, with each of us having multiple projects of equal priorities, vastly slowing down our progress on any particular one. Yet, the pressure is on to continue to publish as if each project was our only one, which in turn leads to long hours over a sustained period of time and eventual burn-out and mistakes being made. It can also reach the point where the actual quality of the research is also diminished, leading to the necessity of retracting publications.
As mentioned in the article in a quote, Darwin took years to get around to publishing his work, constantly re-thinking and refining it. In today's science any post-doc doing that would simply be out of a job as funding would likely run out and not be renewed due to lack of "progress" (often judged by publications). in my opinion, these types of issues need to be addressed and slowing down science to give us researchers time to think and plan properly will, from my perspective, ultimately increase the speed of general scientific progression.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!