Creed stems from the Latin word Credo, a personal belief.
A credo is a unique individual opinion that people live by.
The opinion originates from a decision on evaluating ideas.
The ideas are meaningful only in interaction with other humans.
A creed is a generalised belief (credo) functioning in a group.
The creed leads to individual choices in relating to others in groups in humanity.
A creed is generally an overtly expressed, thus formulate belief in an idea.
The creed (behaviour belief formulation) helps discern between social groups.
The creed of science
The creed of science, thus scientists, is that they do research, to get to know the unknown.
The creed of science also makes a claim that the findings of scientists can be trusted.
The scientific creed also states that the work of science benefits humankind.
The scientific creed also implies that the society of science ensures the integrity of its members.
It is evident that the creed of science is a self-deception and a lie.
First of all, the creed is rarely explicitly formulated, nor is it consensed.
Secondly, the creed is not evoked nor imposed on activities of science/scientists.
Thirdly, scientists may be expected to live by the creed of science but they may live by other beliefs/decrees/religions/creeds also.
The creed and the scientist
A creed is a formulated belief for behaviour in a collective.
The collective creed is founded on the credo’s of individuals in the group.
The creed will have a different formulation than the individual credo’s.
Therefore there is less identification with a creed, then with a credo.
The difference in identification is the basis for difference in response-ability.
Group members will not act on a creed which does not fully reflect their credo.
This difference in sensed involvement leads to deference/slackness in living up to the creed.
Also, the creed will be misinterpreted, leaving room for error, and irresponsibility.
Creed and deception
The creed thus will often reflect another idea than people live by.
The creed of the group will not guarantee/ensure individual specific behaviour.
The creed of the group will not be held to be valid for outsiders.
Often group members will defend each other against ‘outsiders’ who do not live by the same creed.
This is seen in any cult, in all religions and also in science.
Also, we see that adherence to the creed can be swayed by money.
Thus there may be claim that the creed is adhered to, while in fact it is not.
Adherence to the creed can only be upheld indirectly; by ‘evicting’ ‘oath-breakers’ from ‘the guild’.