Question: why are so many leading modern scientists so dull and lacking in scientific ambition?Like Stephen Hsu, I partially agree with this observation think this phenomenon plagues a lot of academia -- not just science.
Answer: because the science selection process ruthlessly weeds-out interesting and imaginative people. At each level in education, training and career progression there is a tendency to exclude smart and creative people by preferring Conscientious and Agreeable people. The progressive lengthening of scientific training and the reduced independence of career scientists have tended to deter vocational ‘revolutionary’ scientists in favour of industrious and socially adept individuals better suited to incremental ‘normal’ science. High general intelligence (IQ) is required for revolutionary science. But educational attainment depends on a combination of intelligence and the personality trait of Conscientiousness; and these attributes do not correlate closely.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Why Are Modern Scientists So Dull?
An interesting question, with a disconcerting answer: