Scientologists, not fond of actual science, seem pleased to highlight someone who committed scientific misconduct.
Milena Penkowa, the Danish neuroscientist who has had four papers retracted and was found to have committed misconduct, is in the news again, this time for speaking at a museum exhibition by a Scientology-founded group.
Titled “Psykiatri – Dödens industri“ — “Psychiatry, Industry of Death” — the exhibition is at the museum of the Commission on Human Rights, which, according to a press release:
“was established in 1969 in the United States of the Church of Scientology and psychiatry professor Thomas Szasz, the world’s most famous psychiatry critics, and in 1972 in Sweden, to investigate and expose abuses of human rights in mental health care and to clean up the field of mental healing.”
Penkowa gave the opening keynote and was titled “physician and professor of neurology”. A Swedish newspaper reported she is actually an ex-professor. She resigned from the University of Copenhagen in December 2010. She had been judged by a Danish oversight committee to have acted in a “scientifically dishonest” and “grossly negligent” manner. Seems just right for the Scientology crowd. Here is more about her actions.